Tottenham have reportedly made an offer for Leeds United winger Daniel James in an intriguing move at the back end of the summer transfer window.
Spurs have enjoyed an impressive few months on the signings front, bringing in seven new faces. Those new additions have settled in straight away, with the likes of Ivan Perisic and Yves Bissouma impressing.
Former Everton striker Richarlison is the only new face up front, though. He has joined Harry Kane, Son Heung-min and Dejan Kulusevski in a fearsome-looking attack.
According to The Sun journalist Alan Nixon, though, Spurs fancy their chances of a second attacking addition late in the window.
Indeed, they have reportedly made a loan-to-buy offer for James, as director of football Fabio Paratici looks to orchestrate the signing.
However, Leeds – with their transfer chief Victor Orta at the helm – have demanded cash only in the deal.
They ideally want to keep Wales international James, but have demanded an instant and permanent sale if he does go.
It remains unclear what fee Leeds are asking for over the 24-year-old. The Whites signed him for £25million from Manchester United last summer.
Daniel James Leeds future unclear
Since then, James has played 39 games for Leeds, chipping in with four goals and five assists. He was a long-term target for former Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa, but he has struggled for form overall.
And this season, it remains unclear how big a role James will play under Bielsa’s successor Jesse Marsch.
Marsch is still waiting to get the best out of Patrick Bamford. The Englishman has not had a run of games for some time now – certainly since Marsch took over – because of injuries.
Meanwhile, new signings Luis Sinisterra and Brenden Aaronson are bedding in nicely, each scoring a goal this term.
James may have started two of Leeds’ four Premier League games this campaign, but that trend may not last.
James is the second Leeds attacker to be of interest from elsewhere in the Premier League, after Newcastle’s links with Jack Harrison.
Tottenham unwise to sign James
In all honesty, it is unlikely James would benefit too much from a move to Tottenham.
Unless he hits the ground running with a sparkling run of form, there is no way he truly challenges Kane, Son, Kulusevski and Richarlison for significant game time.
As such, even a loan deal for the winger looks a bad move – let alone a loan deal with a view to a permanent transfer.
As for James’ own aspirations, he would be better off staying at Elland Road. With the World Cup on the horizon, he has enjoyed a solid enough role at the start of the campaign to hope he can be in top shape for Qatar in November.
Further down the line, though, next summer may become more of a career crossroads for James if Leeds’ new signings continue to gel.