Leeds United chief executive Angus Kinnear has said that he fully expects to continue their pursuit of Swansea City star Daniel James in the summer transfer window.
Angus Kinnear – chief executive of Championship table-toppers Leeds United – has said that the club will “definitely” continue their interest in Swansea City winger Daniel James in the summer transfer window.
Speaking to the BBC, Kinnear said that Leeds do not plan on giving up on their hope of signing James from Swansea, despite the breakdown of the proposed deadline day deal.
It seemed almost certain that James would become a Leeds United player on transfer deadline day, with all the finances of the deal agreed between the two clubs and with James.
However, politics at the Liberty Stadium led to the collapse of the deal. Now former Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins was unwilling to sell the player, leading to a clash of interests with owner Jason Levein – who had reportedly agreed to sell James in discussions with Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani.
Despite the disappointment of the breakdown of James’ move, Kinnear has said that they will do not want to let their effort go to waste.
“Absolutely. He will definitely maintain an interest,” Kinnear told the BBC when asked if they will continue their interest in the summer transfer window.
“He was a player who has now returned to Swansea but in the process was very excited by the prospect of joining Leeds United.
“Once you’ve invested so much time in identifying the right player, it’s not something you give up on easily.”
Swansea boss Graham Potter is keen to keep the winger and the Swans have been in discussions over the possibility of a new deal for James, but he was keen on a move to Elland Road in January.