Leeds United news as Whites hope to avoid Dan James repeat and Tyler Roberts misses Wales match

Here are your Leeds United evening headlines on Monday, August 30.

Leeds hoping to avoid Daniel James transfer repeat

Leeds United are hopeful of landing Manchester United winger Daniel James ahead of the summer transfer deadline tomorrow evening.

The Elland Road faithful will be hoping to avoid a repeat of the 2019 transfer window when James’ move from Swansea City fell through.

The Welsh winger made the move to Old Trafford months later but Leeds and Marcelo Bielsa have remained avid fans of the 23-year-old.

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Speaking on the Amazon documentary, Take Us Home: Leeds United, after James’ move to Elland Road collapsed, Whites CEO Angus Kinnear said: “I think at five minutes to 11 we were trying to apply for the fifteen-minute extension to get the paperwork done on the basis that someone, somewhere in Wales was going to answer one of my phone calls.

“We really didn’t get any sight of the fact that it wasn’t going to happen until the last hour, and that’s never happened to me on a transfer before.

“Whilst from a fan’s perspective it clearly looked like a f*** up, I think we were just the victim, an unwitting victim of boardroom politics at the Swansea end and it was unfortunate because we couldn’t make the deal work for Daniel in the end and I think it would have been a good deal for him.

“Both for him and his family but also from a football perspective.”

The documentary highlighted the difficulties that clubs across the game face when trying to sign players and this year will be no different.

Daniel James has been linked with a move to Leeds
Daniel James has been linked with a move to Leeds

Speaking after James’ move fell through, Victor Orta said: “I don’t know what will happen in the future now. With him, with us. After this situation, nobody wins.

“Because Swansea having a player after this episode is really difficult. The player cannot get his dream and Leeds cannot get their player. Respect your player. You gave permission to do the medical. We are talking about people.

“This is with people that have feelings and today was one of the toughest moments where I watched a player of 20 years and his father…

“It’s never happened in my career.”

Tyler Roberts to miss Wales match

Leeds United forward Tyler Roberts will not be part of the Wales squad travelling to Russia to face Belarus alongside two of his other international team mates.

The 22-year-old has been named in Rob Page’s squad and will still be a part of the team for the World Cup qualifiers against Finland and Estonia.

However, he is unable to be part of the side for the clash against Belarus as his Russian visa was not authorised in time. Ethan Ampadu and Brandon Cooper are also in the same situation so will not travel to Kazan for the fixture.

This comes as part of a squad update that includes the news of four players dropping out of contention due to injury.

Aaron Ramsey, Joe Rodon, George Thomas and Neco Williams have all pulled out ahead of the triple header.

As for Wales’ chances of qualifying for the World Cup in Qatar next summer, they have made a decent start to their campaign. They have three points on the board after two games against their biggest rivals for qualification in Belgium and Czech Republic.

You can read more here.

Robbie Keane admits defeat over Patrick Bamford

Robbie Keane has admitted the Republic of Ireland have likely lost another player to England with Patrick Bamford receiving a call-up to Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions squad.

Bamford, who has been in good form in the Premier League since earning promotion with Leeds United, was a surprise exclusion from Southgate’s England Euro 2020 squad.

He scored 17 goals in the Premier League but was overlooked for the tournament.

There was speculation claiming the Leeds forward could opt to represent Ireland at international level as a result if he continued to be shunned by the England boss.

However, those rumours were quashed when Bamford received his first call-up to the national team earlier last week.

And speaking to Sky Sports ahead of Leeds’s Premier League clash with Burnley, Keane admitted Ireland have lost another quality player to England.

“They have good players, full credit to Patrick, soon as he got to the Premier League his game has improved a hell of a lot,” said the former Ireland striker. “I didn’t see that before [Marcelo] Bielsa, that’s another one the Irish lost.”

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