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Man Utd ace Daniel James was so close to joining Leeds he posed with his name on the shirt

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Daniel James may have got his Manchester United career off to a flyer with a goal on his debut but his path as a player could have been very different.

The Wales international became one of United's priority signings for the summer transfer window and they eventually snapped him up for £17million from his first club Swansea City.But he came incredibly close to signing for fierce rivals Leeds United in the January window instead, which could have scuppered any future switch.

Neither side of the Swansea deal returned calls from Leeds or text messages.

Leeds chief executive Angus Kinnear then heard back from Swansea but it was not good news.

Boardroom problems at the Welsh club meant Leeds were struggling to get it over the line.

Leeds tried to apply for the 15 minute extension on the basis someone in Wales would answer their phone calls.

Having not signed for Leeds, James joined United and bagged on his competitive debut against Chelsea.

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