Leeds United came tantalisingly close to snapping up Swansea City flyer Dan James on transfer deadline day – January 31.

All the particulars of the deal were struck. A medical was passed, a promo release video was filmed, fees had been agreed…what could ever go wrong? It’s Leeds United, anything could. That’s exactly what happened, things went wrong.

It seemed that final finagling was to blame, Swansea said unhappy about the terms of the £7m plus add-ons payment schedule – as indicated by another Phil Hay tweet (below). Rather than push through a deal, no-one was answering the phones at the Swansea end. Cue outrage, a lot of outrage.

Now though, a sense of encouragement may just be at hand as James is insisting on a certain clause being inserted into any new contract that he signs at the Liberty Stadium.

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According to The Sun on Sunday on page 59 (as reported by HITC), James has insisted that any new deal must include a ‘fixed fee’ clause. Such a fee clause would allow any interested club to offer the set amount to trigger transfer talks.

Such an amount is yet not disclosed, nor is there anything to suggest that the Swans would agree to such a demand. However, given the recent performances of the Swansea flyer, maybe agreeing to such a clause remains the only way to get him to sign on the dotted line.

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There is no indication that Leeds United would be interested still, but it’s not beyond the realm of possibility that Marcelo Bielsa would be keeping tabs on the youngster. Saying that though, so will a lot of other sides after performances such as the one that cause Manchester City problems in their FA Cup tie.


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