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Leeds United have announced the permanent signing of winger Dan James from Manchester United.
The 23-year-old, who completed a doctorate on Tuesday, is moving to Elland Road for a fee in the area of around £ 25million on a five-year deal.
James started two of United’s first three Premier League games of the season, including the 1-0 win over Wolves last Sunday, but his playing time was likely to be more limited this season.
United signed Jadon Sancho for £ 72.9m (€ 85 million) from Borussia Dortmund and brought Cristiano Ronaldo back to the club from Juventus for a first £ 12.9 million. (€ 15 million).
Ole Gunnar Solskjær also has Edinson Cavani, Mason Greenwood, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford as future options, while Amad Diallo’s thigh injury means he will not be loaned out in this window, and Jesse Lingard is also expected to stay at the club.
James, who had the chance to join Leeds two years ago before signing for the Red Devils from Swansea City for around £ 15m, has probably secured more regular first-team football in the last full season before the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
In total, the Wales international made 74 appearances for United in all competitions. He scored on his debut in the 4-0 win over Chelsea in August 2019 and scored eight more goals and eight assists for the club.
Although he was a favorite with Solskjær for his working speed on every wing, James was one of United’s less productive attacking players. He created 50 chances from open play in all competitions, three fewer than Juan Mata, who started 24 fewer matches over the same time frame.
James’ count of 17 direct goalscorers put him in seventh place in his time at the club, well behind Greenwood (40), Martial (44) and Rashford (63).
James is with the Wales squad for this month’s international matches – a friendly with Finland and World Cup qualifiers against Belarus and Estonia – but hopes to make his Leeds debut against Liverpool at Elland Road on 12 September.