Southampton are ready to rival Leeds United in their pursuit of Swansea City winger Daniel James, according to a report from Football Insider.
The Saints have been noted as potential suitors for the Welshman, who has been in fine form for Graham Potter’s side throughout the season in the Championship.
James appeared to have been all but set for a January switch to Leeds, but the move fell through despite the player completing a medical.
Renowned for his pace and direct running style, the wide player recently earned a place in the Wales squad as he continues to stand out as a key man for Swansea.
The 21-year-old has found the back of the net on four occasions in the Championship this season. He has also contributed with seven assists for the Swans.
Leeds are believed to still be keen on luring James away from the Liberty Stadium when the summer transfer window opens, but it seems Southampton could also be in the hunt.
Why James would be a good signing for Southampton
James is a perfect fit for Hasenhuttl’s style. He is a progressive player who likes to run with the ball and breaks away in behind opposing defences.
At just 21, James has his whole career ahead of him. His potential has no bounds, and he has the makings of an excellent winger.
Lack of wide options
Southampton are hardly blessed with wide options. Mohamed Elyounoussi hasn’t convinced, and James would complement the likes of Nathan Redmond well.
It could certainly be argued that Southampton currently lack dynamism, particularly in the final third. James’s pace is quite remarkable, and he’s more than capable with the ball at his feet.
Hasenhuttl’s track record of developing young players is superb. James would be hard-pressed to find a coach who could refine his qualities in the way that the Saints boss can.