Evans provides update on Byram, Cook and Lafferty

Date published: Wednesday 6th January 2016 2:03

Lewis Cook: Leeds United midfielder linked with Bournemouth

Lewis Cook: Leeds United midfielder linked with Bournemouth

Leeds United boss Steve Evans has confirmed there are “four or five Premier League clubs” who would like to sign Sam Byram this month.

Byram, 22, has been linked with Everton, Sunderland, Swansea City and West Ham having told Leeds he will not extend his current contract, which expires at the end of the season.

However, Evans insists the Whites will not be forced into selling the right-sided player on another club’s terms.

“I can’t say whether he will stay or not,” Evans told Sky Sports News regarding Byram.

“He’s made it clear he doesn’t want to extend his contract beyond the summer and there are four or five Premier League clubs who would like to get Sam. They are all good clubs.

“But it has to be right first and foremost for Leeds and that young man. He’s got all the right attributes to play in the Premier League but it has to be right for all parties.”

Cook wanted by Bournemouth

Another of Leeds’ youngsters attracting interest from the top flight is Lewis Cook, with Bournemouth apparently willing to pay up to £8million to land the 18-year-old.

Evans, however, is understandably not keen on losing the midfielder this month.

“It doesn’t surprise me that [manager] Eddie Howe is interested in Lewis. He’s got absolutely everything.

“He is man of the match in many of our Championship games and his consistency is very high. He’s a smashing kid off the pitch.

“From a Leeds point of view, we want to keep him and as a coach I want to keep him because he’s so influential. When it gets to the realms of the money we’re talking about, only the president can decide. But unless it’s completely right for Leeds he won’t be going anywhere.”

Leeds’ Lafferty talks ongoing

Evans also provided an update on Leeds’ interest in Norwich City striker Kyle Lafferty, who has made only two substitute appearances for the Canaries this season.

“We’ve had a few chats with Norwich and we’ll have to wait for that process to sort out,” said the former Rotherham boss.

“It’s frustrating because you’d like to sign these players. Lafferty’s made no secret of wanting to be at Leeds but I am respectful to Norwich boss Alex Neil and David McNally [chief executive].

“We are trying hard to make it happen. But we are  trying to sign two or three players. These players we are trying to bring in are good players and the owner is putting his hand in his pocket.”

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