Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa has revealed that he was not upset after his club failed to secure the signing of Daniel James from Swansea City on transfer deadline day.
The 21-year-old seemed destined to join the Whites and even had a medical with the club, according to the Mirror.
However, the deal fell through at the last minute after the Swans decided to pull out. The Welsh outfit now reportedly want the player to remain with them beyond the expiration of his contract.
Even though Swansea has struggled for consistency this season, James has been one of their bright sparks, with Leeds’ interest in him understandable.
He has so far played 18 times in the Championship, scoring two goals and registering three assists.
The player has proven that he could blossom into a Premier League player and Graham Potter’s side could face a difficult task to keep him settled at the club if they fail to win promotion to the top-flight next term.
Meanwhile, Leeds slipped down into second position on the Championship standings following their 3-1 defeat against automatic promotion rivals Norwich City on Saturday.
The Whites were outplayed by the Canaries on the day, who scored through Mario Vrancic and Teemu Pukki before Patrick Bamford managed to pull one back during second half stoppage time.
Many Leeds fans will certainly be disappointed by the Yorkshire giants lack of transfer activity last month. They arguably needed to add more quality to their side as they look to secure a return to the Premier League for the first time since 2004.
Speaking after the defeat against Norwich, Leeds manager Bielsa admitted that he was not disappointed following the failed signing of James.
“No, not disappointed – he was coming to the team to be a possibility of the side,” he said during an interview with Leeds Live.
“As I’ve said many times, with Alioski, Clarke, Harrison, all the players who play on the sides we can find the right solution – I can’t deny the fact he would have been another option for our offensive play but I don’t see this as an obstacle for us.”