Danny Mills has told Leeds United to “move on” after the club missed out on signing Swansea City winger Daniel James.
The 21-year-old was one of the standout players for Swansea in the Championship last season, but came very close to signing for Leeds on transfer deadline day back in January.
The winger had passed his medical at Elland Road and was expected to join Leeds on a loan-to-buy deal, before the deal collapsed after a breakdown in negotiations with Swansea.
James bounced back from the disappointment of missing out on a move to Leeds and is now set to become Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first signing as Manchester United manager.
James has agreed personal terms and passed his medical, but the deal will not go through until FIFA’s international transfer window opens this week.
Former Leeds defender Mills has said that Leeds were”unlucky” not to sign James, but has urged the club to “move on” after just missing out.
“Leeds were unlucky to miss out. Had they got him, he might have helped them gain promotion. But it didn’t happen, move on,” Mills told Football Insider.
“That’s the way it goes sometimes. It’s life, it’s football. A week in football is a long time, let alone half a season. In the transfer window 24 hours is a long time.
“Leeds should not be angry with Swansea. Until the deal is done, it’s not done. I’ve been in that situation before when a transfer fell through at the last minute. It happens.”
James scored five goals and provided ten assists for his teammates in 38 appearances for Swansea in all competitions last season and established himself on the international stage for Wales.
I completely agree with Mills here. Leeds were very unlucky not to sign James and it’s a shame for them as he looks set to become a top player and could have helped the Whites win promotion last season.
It wasn’t to be though and these things happen in football. The best thing Leeds can do now is forget about James and focus on strengthening their own squad this summer.