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Daniel James: Leeds sign Welsh wingers from Manchester United

Leeds have signed Manchester United’s Daniel James on a £ 25million fee, more than two years after almost joining the club on loan.

The 23-year-old Welsh winger has signed a five-year deal.

Leeds has kept a close eye on James since his move from Swansea to Elland Road collapsed in January 2019 and he moved to Old Trafford that summer.

“This is absolutely the right decision for me and my football career,” James told Sky Sports.

“I had an amazing time [at Manchester United]. I made great friends, the staff and fans were amazing to me. It’s time to develop professionally. I’m just looking forward to it.

“I’m a different player. I may have only played half a season when I almost signed here last time. I have games of the highest level and I feel like I can add something here.”

James scored nine goals in 74 games for the Red Devils, the last of which in Sunday’s 1-0 win at Wolves.

He faced an uncertain future at Manchester United, with another striker Cristiano Ronaldo returns to the club he left in 2009.

He has played 24 caps for Wales and is part of the squad that will face Finland in an international match against Finland ahead of a double-headed World Cup qualifier against Belarus and Estonia on Wednesday.

James will be Leeds’ eighth signing in the summer transfer window and will wear the number 20 shirt.

“The football department has been watching Daniel for a number of years and every member of my team has worked hard to make this deal a reality,” Leeds football director Victor Orta told the club’s website.

“It’s no secret that Daniel has been a player we’ve been keen to acquire for a number of years and today we achieved our goal.

“We believe that Daniel as a player is an excellent fit for a Marcelo Bielsa team. He’s fast, direct and works hard – we’re looking forward to finally joining the squad!”

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