Wales manager Ryan Giggs has confirmed he played a part in winger Daniel James’ move to Manchester United by recommending his fellow countryman to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The 22-year-old star joined United from Swansea in a £15 million deal last year and the move caught many by surprise, considering James was set to join Championship side Leeds United just six months earlier.
Reports following Daniel’s move claimed Giggs had directly approached Ole with the recommendation of signing Daniel, who he first called up to the Wales roster in November 2018.
However, while Giggs has clarified that the Red Devils were already aware of James’ potential and actually approached the player about the winger, the Welshman has admitted he recommended to Ole that he should sign the former Swansea ace.
‘Ole asked me about him,’ Ryan told the Webby & O’Neill channel. ‘Ole was the one that came to me, it wasn’t the other way [around].
‘It was last season. He nearly went to Leeds before that so Ole knew about him and the club had been watching him. It was a no-brainer.
‘He’s like that [on an upward trajectory] in his career. As a lad he’s a great lad as well, he wants to get better and he’s someone that wants to learn. He’s someone I thought would be suited to this place.’
Daniel started the season in blistering form by netting three goals in his first four appearances.
Meantime, Borussia Dortmund have won the transfer hunt to sign Birmingham City ace and Manchester United target Jude Bellingham.
The German giants set to pay €23 million (£20.7m) for a player who has scored four times and registered three assists in 35 Championship matches during the 2019-20 season.