Everton inquired with Leeds United over signing Dan James, reporter claims Fabrice Romano.
James only joined Leeds from Manchester United last summer but his future at the club is already the subject of much speculation.
Tottenham have already been credited with an interest in a loan-to-buy deal, and it now looks like Everton are eyeing a potential deal for the Wales international as well.
However, allowing James to complete a move to Goodison Park seems like the wrong move for Leeds to make, and we’ve looked at two exact reasons why that is the case, here.
Time is running out for a replacement
If James were to leave Leeds before the end of the window then, as was the case with Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha earlier this summer, the club would have to find a replacement.
However, there are now less than three days left before the market closes, meaning Leeds don’t have much time to do so, which could make it difficult for them to find the right option to fill that void.
It’s also worth noting that other clubs are said to be aware of Leeds’ needs here, meaning they might feel like they could raise their price if the Elland Road side target one of their players, which could force the Whites to pay the price. chances if they are to find an alternative for James.
Strengthen a rival
It should also be noted that Leeds and Everton finished just one position and one point apart last season, with both sides narrowly avoiding relegation from the Premier League.
Admittedly, Jesse Marsch’s side have started much better than the Toffees this time around, but there is of course still plenty of time for that change, with Leeds’ defeat at Brighton on Saturday a reminder of the importance of maintaining standards.
As a result, if Leeds were to let James go to Everton in the final days of the window, the ability he possesses means they could be taking a risk on the possibility of that move coming back to haunt, with the impact it could do for the Merseyside club in a possible relegation fight.
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