Transfer Gossip: Tottenham consider replacing Spain-bound star with speedy Leeds ace; Chelsea confident of signing surpassing £50m

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Leeds United forward Daniel James has become a surprise target for Tottenham Hotspur late in the summer window, while Chelsea think they can wrap up a deal for an attacking signing of their own this week – all in Tuesday’s transfer gossip.

DANIEL JAMES WANTED BY TOTTENHAM

Tottenham Hotspur are showing an interest in Leeds United forward Daniel James, according to reports.

James has just embarked on his second season with Leeds after joining them from Manchester United last summer. He scored four goals from 35 games in his debut season at Elland Road, also providing five assists.

The Wales international has started one of their three Premier League matches so far this season. He appeared as a substitute in another.

But after a summer of change on the pitch for Leeds, James has become the latest player to attract an exit link.

According to the Daily Mail – and as previously broken by The Sun‘s Alan Nixon – Tottenham Hotspur are interested in a surprise swoop for James. He would effectively be a replacement for Bryan Gil, who is ready to return to Valencia.

Antonio Conte has never really relied on Gil, but does want another option to work with. Therefore, James has emerged onto the club’s radar.

Able to play on either flank or up front, although still learning his trade at the age of 24, the former Swansea City star would be an interesting prospect for Conte to work with. It must be said, though, that this link has come as something of a surprise.

As things stand, there are no advanced talks of any nature. But James could be a player to keep an eye on in the final few days of the transfer window.

He is under contract with the West Yorkshire outfit until 2026. There is renewed competition for his place at Leeds after the additions of Luis Sinisterra and Brenden Aaronson in the summer, while work continues on a deal for Wilfried Gnonto.

CONFIDENCE GROWS FOR GORDON TO CHELSEA

Chelsea are optimistic of signing Anthony Gordon from Everton this week – although he is not the only forward on their radar.

Gordon has become a major target for Chelsea throughout August, as they look to build their attack with an eye to the future.

Everton have been standing firm over their valuation of their academy graduate, which has frustrated Chelsea so far. But the side from Stamford Bridge are now drawing up further plans for Gordon.

According to The Times, Chelsea believe they can sign Gordon this week. Their second offer of £45million was rejected last week, but they have not given up hope.

Chelsea are now likely to submit a package that, including add-ons, would exceed the £50million valuation Everton have placed on Gordon. Per Sky Sports, the deal could come to £60million all in.

Meanwhile, Chelsea are also linked with AC Milan attacker Rafael Leao. They could enter further talks with the Serie A champions to bring in the highly-rated Portugal international.

It would still be tough for them to conclude a deal in time for this season, though.

WATFORD UPDATE SARR STANCE

Ismaila-Sarr Watford August 2022

Watford are not going to entertain any more bids for Ismaila Sarr this summer, claims the Daily Mirror.

Sarr was on the verge of a transfer to Aston Villa, where he in fact completed a medical. A deal was done between the two clubs worth an initial £25million, but an issue between Sarr and Villa held things up.

Since that transfer track froze, Sarr has been linked with a move to either Crystal Palace or Leeds. The prospect of the Villa deal going through has not entirely been ruled out, either.

But according to the Mirror, the winger will be staying at Watford. In fact, the Championship side have decided against accepting anything else.

Watford could now discuss a new contract with the 24-year-old; his current terms are due to expire in two years’ time. They have received encouragement that he is willing to help their cause of getting back into the Premier League, just as he did last time they went down.

Hence, the Hornets are not inviting any further bids for the Senegal international.