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Leeds United sign Dan James from Man United, two years after posing in a shirt before the transfer collapsed and he rejoined Premier League rivals


Dan James has finally joined Leeds – two years after the transfer collapsed at the last moment.

The winger had completed his medical at the club’s training ground in January 2019, picked his team number and even posed with the shirt only on for him to travel to Manchester United six months later.

James was ready to join Leeds, who were struggling to reach the Premier League

Now, however, the rivals have reached a deal that will see the Elland Road side pay around £ 25million.

The Leeds wall documentary showed how close James is to joining the Championship club on deadline day just two years ago to stay at Swansea for the remainder of the season – and the club even referred to the fact in their Twitter unveiling, with a number of posts hinting at the deal’s failure.

At the time, James had been identified as someone who could help them enter the Premier League as they flew into the league.

Everything seemed to be in place, but the heads of Swansea began to ignore texts and calls as there was a split in their boardroom over whether or not to sell.

Leeds United sign Dan James from Man United, two years after posing in a shirt before the transfer collapsed and he rejoined Premier League rivals
James instead joined rivals Man United, but two years later he finally reached Elland Road
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“While from a fan’s point of view it clearly sounded like crap, I think we were just the unwitting victim of board politics in Swansea,” the club chief said, Angus Kinnear.

“It was unfortunate because we couldn’t make the deal work for Daniel at the end and I think it would have been a good deal for him and his family, but also from a football point of view.”

James is then seen bidding farewell to the negotiators and staff at Elland Road.

The final scenes of the collapsed transfer are featured in episode three of Amazon Prime Video’s documentary Take Us Home, which focused on Leeds’ 2018/19 campaign – the first season directed by Marcelo Bielsa.

The film crew followed Leeds throughout the campaign last season, which saw them finish third in the championship before falling to Derby in the play-offs.

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