Manchester United have agreed personal terms with Swansea winger Daniel James, according to multiple reports in the English media.
James’ former boss Graham Potter wanted to hijack the deal and take him to Brighton, but it appears United are close to wrapping up a deal for the 21-year-old. So who is James, and what can United fans expect from the Welsh international?
It has been a whirlwind season for the winger. At the beginning of the campaign, he was close to joining League Two strugglers Yeovil Town on loan.
Potter’s arrival at the Liberty Stadium, however, changed his fortunes as the former Ostersunds manager recognised his potential and kept him in his first-team plans.
The campaign didn’t start that promisingly, though, with James not being picked in the matchday squad for the first two league games of the Championship season against Sheffield United and Preston North End.
After playing the full 90 minutes in the 1-0 defeat to Crystal Palace in the Carabao Cup in late August, he began to see more regular game time for the Swans.
Potter utilised James both on the right and left flanks despite the winger being predominantly right-footed, while he has also been used in a false nine role when the Welsh club have lacked any fit strikers.
The Welshman’s most notable attribute is his pace. He is lightning quick, and there’s no doubt he offers the most threat when played out wide rather than through the middle.
James is a raw talent, meaning his final ball and finishing are not yet of the highest quality. He went through a purple patch between late October and late November last year, scoring once and providing four assists in five games.
However, his form was less consistent around the turn of the year and he only really began to hit his straps once again around early March. From then on, he finished the season strongly.
With Potter choosing to play him regularly on the left wing, James scored two goals and laid on four assists in the final two months of the campaign, helping Swansea to a tenth place finish in the Championship.
He will certainly offer Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a good option to play on the counter-attack but United fans must be patient as there will be a few inconsistent performances as he develops his game at Old Trafford.