Crystal Palace Join Leeds in Race for Man Utd's Daniel James

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Dan James has fallen down the pecking order at Man Utd | Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images

Crystal Palace have joined Leeds United in showing their interest in Manchester United and Wales winger Daniel James.

Leeds were linked with James over the weekend and wish to take him on loan, but now face competition from Palace, who are still looking to bolster their attack and bring down the average age of their squad.

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James made 46 appearances in all competitions last season, managing four goals and seven assists | Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images

Sky Sports reported over the weekend that the Whites had made a loan offer to United for James, while the Daily Mail now report that Palace are also interested in his services. But the Welshman has no desire to leave Old Trafford and instead wishes to fight for his place.

James featured against Palace in United's season opening 3-1 defeat, but failed to leave his mark on the game once again. The 22-year-old has struggled for form in 2020 and subsequently lost his place in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's usual starting lineup to Mason Greenwood.

Sky Sports state that United's situation regarding James could still change depending on their pursuit of Jadon Sancho, who remains the Red Devils' priority transfer target despite Borussia Dortmund not budging from their £108m asking price. United are expected to make another offer for the England international imminently.

James was on the cusp of a move to Leeds from former club Swansea in January 2019 having completed a medical and even posed for pictures with the shirt, but the deal fell through at the death. Should United sign Sancho, they could look to send James out on loan as well as offloading other fringe players.

United have agreed to loan Andreas Pereira to Lazio for the season, which will include an option to purchase him next summer. The 24-year-old has been linked with a move away all window and is one of several players who could still leave before the deadline.