Man Utd: Solskjaer wants slow starts to stop
Manchester United winger Daniel James is said to be open to leaving Old Trafford on a temporary basis next month, according to reports. The 23-year-old has fallen down the pecking order this season, having only played three times in the Premier League, and has not featured in domestic action since October.
The Wales international is generating plenty of interest from elsewhere ahead of a potential January loan switch, with Leeds United said to be tracking his situation after twice failing to land the player in recent years.
Brighton and Hove Albion are another club keen to secure his services in order to aid their survival hopes.
James worked with Graham Potter during his time at Swansea City, and has told close friends that he would consider linking up with his former boss once again at Brighton, according to The Sun.
The Seagulls contacted United regarding a potential move during the summer, but the winger decided to stay at Old Trafford.
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The report also suggests that a loan switch could bolster the chances of James being selected to play in next summer’s Euro 2020 finals with Wales, as his national side are eager to see him feature more regularly.
Brighton currently occupy 16th place in the Premier League table, two points clear of the drop zone, and appear to be in dire need of a goalscorer if they are to secure top flight football for another season.
James has previously insisted that he is happy at United despite his lack of action this season.
“United is my club and I love it there,” he told BBC Sport while on international duty last month. “Whether I am playing or not, I’m proud, as proud as I am to play for Wales.
“There are obviously times where I played a lot last season. I may not have played as much this season, but I am sticking in there and always in and around it.
“I feel really good at the moment. When I do play, I give my all,” he added.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are a single point adrift of the Premier League’s top four, and could claim an important victory in their hopes of sealing Champions League qualification against bitter rivals Leeds on Sunday afternoon.
The fixture will see the two clubs face off in league action for the first time since a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford in February 2004.
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