Who is Swansea City winger Daniel James? We profile the Leeds United deadline day target

Leeds United are closing in on the signing of Swansea City winger Daniel James - but who is the 21-year-old and what do Whites fans need to know?

Thursday, 31st January 2019, 6:02 pm
Updated Thursday, 31st January 2019, 6:08 pm
Leeds United target Daniel James.

Age: 21

Born: Beverley, England

National team: Wales

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Previous clubs: Shrewsbury Town (loan), Swansea City

Position: Winger/attacking midfielder

Who is Daniel James?

Daniel James is a winger and attacking midfielder from Beverley, Yorkshire.

James came through the academy ranks at Hull City before making the move to Swansea City in 2014 for an initial fee of £72,000.

The now 21-year-old was a highly-rated prospect for the Tigers before he swapped east Yorkshire for south Wales.

He joined the Swans under-18s side before making the leap into the development team.

James was part of the under-23s side who gained promotion to the PDL Division 1 in 2016/17 and also had a hand in their Premier League Cup triumph.

After impressing for the Swans he was handed a new three-year contract following his inclusion in an FA Cup squad against Oxford United.

James joined Shrewsbury Town on loan for the 2017/18 campaign but lasted just two months before terminating his deal by mutual consent after failing to break into the starting line-up.

Just five months later he made his senior debut for City as a substitute bagging in an 8-1 FA Cup victory over Notts County at the Liberty Stadium.

The winger had become a more permanent member of the first-team set-up under Graham Potter this season having made 18 Championship appearances scoring twice and bagging three assists in the process.

International career

James qualifies for Wales through his father.

He has represented the country from under-17s right the way through the set-up before he was handed his senior international debut by Ryan Giggs in November against Albania.

What have people said about Daniel James?

Graham Potter - Swansea City manager

"He's a young player that can play in all of the attacking positions.

"He can play centrally, I know he's a winger. He's a threat running at centre-backs.

"He's come through the academy and I think he's enjoying his football here.

"He's part of what we're trying to do and part of the long term picture so I'm enjoying working with him."

Marcelo Bielsa - Leeds United manager

“Victor Orta (United’s director of football) chose James and I accepted the player shown to me. I agree with the fact that this player has the features the team needs and responds to the needs of the team.

“If he comes it will be a significant transfer. If he doesn't come then we will find solutions.”

Ryan Giggs - Wales manager

"He is someone who has got genuine speed and someone who is exciting.

“He can start a game or potentially come on and make an impact.

“You always want players who are playing regularly and he is playing really well.

“If you have front players especially who are feeling confident, that’s always a good thing.”

Leeds United move...

United have been chasing the Wales international for most of the January transfer window and look to have secured a loan deal with a view to a permanent transfer next summer.