Everton have reportedly had a bid accepted by Leeds for defender Sam Byram,with the fee set to reach up to £5million.
The 22-year-old is out of contract at the end of this season and BBC Radio Leeds claim the Toffees have agreed a fee which is likely to be worth up to £5million. £3.7million of the fee is likely to be a downpayment with the rest of the transfer made up in add-ons depending on his success.
Everton will now discuss personal terms with Byram, who has been extensively scouted by a number of Premier League clubs, and was also wanted by West Ham, Swansea and Sunderland.
But Everton appear to have won the race for the player with Byram set to fill Roberto Martinez’s defensive issues, with the Toffees boss currently short of cover at right-back.
Republic of Ireland international Seamus Coleman is sidelined for another three weeks with a calf strain sustained in last week’s Capital One Cup semi-final first-leg victory over Manchester City, while Tyias Browning has been ruled out for the season with a knee injury and veteran Tony Hibbert’s fitness issues mean he has not played a match in 13 months.
John Stones, who has established himself as first choice in the centre of defence alongside captain Phil Jagielka, filled the void in Wednesday’s goalless draw at Manchester City but the arrival of Byram, a Leeds academy graduate who has turned down the offer of a new contract, would give Martinez some much-needed back-up.