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Leeds United plotting transfer swoop for Premier League defender

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Leeds United are said to be keeping a close eye on Chelsea defender Reece James according to Football Insider. 

It remains to be seen as to whether James is available for loan heading into the January transfer window, but it’s unlikely that he’ll be a regular for Frank Lampard’s side in the Premier League this season.

He has made two appearances so far for the Blues in both the Carabao Cup and their Champions League campaign, although he’s yet to feature in their league campaign.

James spent last season on loan with Wigan Athletic, and made 45 league appearances for the Latics, and made a positive impression which resulted in him featuring for Chelsea earlier this term.

The report from Football Insider claims that Leeds will only make a loan offer for for the versatile defender if he falls down the pecking order in Lampard’s plans in the near future at Chelsea.

It’s set to be an interesting transfer window ahead for Marcelo Bielsa’s side as they look to win a long-awaited promotion back into the Premier League.

Although it is claimed that Leeds will consider another move for James at the end of this year’s campaign, where they will hope that they can tempt the 19-year-old with the prospect of playing regularly in the top-flight.

It has previously been reported by London Football News that Leeds are also keeping tabs on Chelsea youngster Billy Gilmour ahead the transfer window in New Year.

The Verdict: 

What a coup this would be for Leeds.

James has already shown that he can perform to a high standard in the Championship in a previous spell with Wigan Athletic last season.

Even though he’s a bright talent, he’s going to be well down the pecking order in Frank Lampard’s plans in this year’s campaign.

Leeds could benefit from having a player of his quality in their team as they push for promotion.

Editorial Assistant at Snack Media, writing for Football League World on a regular basis! Sports Journalism graduate from Southampton Solent University.

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