Former Leeds United striker Noel Whelan says he cannot see transfer target Dan James signing a new deal with current side Swansea City, amid growing interest from the Premier League.
James saw a deadline day move to Leeds in January fall through at the eleventh hour, and although his performances for Swansea have continued to impress, Whelan does not believe he will extend his deal with the club.
The 21-year-old’s current contract at The Liberty Stadium expires in 2020, but with Premier League clubs such as Manchester City joining Leeds in the battle for James’ signature, the challenge to keep James with the club is becoming increasingly difficult for Swansea.
Speaking to Football Insider about James’ contract situation, Whelan claimed: “There is no way he’ll sign a new deal with Swansea.
“The way they behaved was shocking and disgraceful. I felt really sorry for Dan James after what happened, as they cruelly took away the opportunity for him to play at Leeds.
Whelan went onto predict big things for James in the future, claiming: “You can’t blame Swansea for wanting to tie him down, but the kid is heading for Premier League, and the only way he’ll sign a new contract is if it has a low release clause.”
James attitude in getting his head down and performing as he has done continues to impress, but you feel in doing so he has paid Swansea his dues, following that transfer collapse in January.
You can’t blame him for wanting to move on, his performances have shown he is capable and he will surely want to get that opportunity as soon as possible.
With his contract expiring at the end of the season, you feel Swansea may be best cashing in on him now.