Leeds United transfer news: How Whites could line-up at end of January with Kiko Casilla and Daniel James

23 Jan

Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa need not spy on any training sessions to realise the talent of Daniel James.

The exciting wideman is reportedly being lined up as a replacement for Samu Saiz, who left Elland Road for Getafe earlier this month.

Swansea youngster Daniel James.

According to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Leeds are desperate to land the 21-year-old Wales international before the end of the month, with Swansea asking for more than £3million.

He’s started 12 games in the Championship this season, while also appearing off the bench five times, and is earning rave reviews for his displays.

Team-mate Oli McBurnie remains keen for him to stay.

He said: “I’m going to lock him in a room and have a word with him soon. He’s been playing really well and when you have big performances like his, you’re going to get attention.

“It’s down to the club to do what they need to do, but we want to keep our youngest and best players.

“DJ is one of the players we want to build our team around. The basis of a good team is young players.”

Callum O’Dowda, 23, has also been linked and may be a backup option for James.

He has two Championship goals and four assists for Bristol City this season and renewed his contract only last week.

According to the Bristol Post, Leeds would have to pay £10million to bring him to Elland Road, which would make the Irishman their biggest signing since Robbie Fowler in 2001.

Robins boss Lee Johnson, however, has no intention of selling.

Callum O’Dowda could be on his way to Leeds this month

Whichever winger comes in, they will join Kiko Casilla at the club after he signed from Real Madrid.

The 32-year-old comes in having played 25 league games for the Spanish giants over three and a half seasons and will be an upgrade on Bailey Peacock-Farrell.

Here’s how Leeds could look by February if they manage to secure the signatures of both men…

Is this how Leeds will look if James joins Casilla at Elland Road this month?