Wales legend John Hartson believes Swansea City’s Daniel James has what it takes to star in the Premier League.

The explosive winger is being heavily linked with a move to Premier League giants Manchester United this summer.

The Swans are resigned to losing him with transfer fees of £15-£20 million being mentioned. James, who joined the Welsh side for just £72,000 from Hull City in 2014, scored four times for them in the Championship this season.

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The Wales international was all set to join Leeds United in the January transfer window only for Swansea to pull the plug on the deal.

Hartson, who made 51 caps for Wales, has tipped James to succeed in the top flight, as per a report by The Mirror: “He is a special ­talent and very, very quick. He runs with the ball, can beat a man and can finish – I watched him score for Wales in only his second game, the winning goal against Slovakia. Ryan Giggs, the Wales ­manager, obviously believes in him. That was ­fantastic for his confidence”

Photo by Andrew Lewis.

If James ends up at a big club, then it’s up to him to make sure he doesn’t simply disappear. If you have a good desire and work ethic to improve, then, with the top coaches and being surrounded by ­top-class players, you will”

He added: “He has a good family around him. He seems a level-headed lad and I think he will thrive“.

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Swansea will also face a battle to hold onto their top scorer, Oli McBurnie, this summer with Sheffield United and Brighton and Hove Albion keen, as reported by The72 earlier today.


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