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Morning Leeds-in for 1 February: Transfer day deal for Daniel James falls apart & no one is happy

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Well, this is still Leeds and nothing is ever easy, is it?

Swansea City and Leeds had a deal all worked out, only for a last-minute negotiation to go sour, allegedly over the timing of a fee payment. It’s disappointing for the deal to get to this point, but it’s done now.

James was reportedly upset, as he had said he wanted to go to Leeds, only for the deal to be struck down at the last minute. Neither club is very happy with each other, as Leeds missed out on a transfer target, reportedly because Swansea refused to communicate, and Swansea is upset because they almost lost a young player and now his head has been turned and likely will be upset over the whole thing.

Leeds will move on, and we’ll see what happens. 17 more games, with 29 in the bag. Top of the table. It’s gonna be a ride.

On to the links.

Leeds United Links

Tom Pearce headed to Scunthorpe on loan. [Through It All Together]

Sam Dalby joined Morecambe Town on loan. [Through It All Together]

Phil Hay’s piece on how the whole Daniel James deal fell apart. [Yorkshire Evening Post]

England and English Football Links

Aston Villa now have Tom Carroll on loan from Swansea after they pulled plug on a deal for Leroy Fer. [7500 to Holte]

Leandro Bacuna left Reading FC to join Cardiff City. [The Tilehurst End]

Leicester City signed Youri Tielemans from Monaco. [Fosse Posse]

World Football Links

Luciano Acosta flew from the United States to France for a potential deal that would have seen the Argentine go from D.C. United in MLS to PSG fall apart at the last minute. [Black & Red United]

Former Philadelphia Union player John McCarthy thanked Philly fans for being themselves, especially when the team was shit. [Brotherly Game]

Allen Halilovic headed from AC Milan to Standard Liege on loan. [AC Milan Offside]