Leeds United accept bid from Premier League club for Sam Byram

first_imgEverton are set to sign Leeds defender Sam Byram.The Premier League club have had a bid accepted – which is likely to be worth up to £5million – and the Toffees will now be able to open discussions with one of the club’s most prized assets. Byram, 22, is one of the Championship’s most highly-rated players and he has been linked with moves to the top tier on a number of occasions. He is out of contract at Elland Road in the summer and chairman Massimo Cellino is set to cash in on one of the brightest talents to emerge from the West Yorkshire club’s academy in the last decade. It has been reported that Cellino has previously offered Byram a contract extension, first on reduced terms and then another on the same terms as his current deal. That move did not help the relations between the club and Byram’s representatives and it edged him closer to the exit door. It comes as a blow for Leeds fans after the right-sider, who can play as a full-back or on the wing, broke back into the starting XI after initially falling out of favour under Steve Evans. In the time Byram returned to the Whites’ side, Leeds were two games unbeaten and they continued that run for a further five matches with Byram playing a key role.He scored three goals in that run, twice against Wolves. Among the current playing squad at Leeds, Byram has made the most appearances and he was one of four academy stars playing regularly for the club. With Seamus Coleman currently sidelined for Everton until February, Byram could be an instant hit at Goodison Park. He first broke through at United under Neil Warnock in 2012 and has gone on to make 143 appearances, scoring ten goals. 1 Sam Byram last_img read more