Leeds boss Steve Evans has confirmed Sam Byram has been given permission to speak to Everton – but has revealed there are other clubs ‘still in the running’ to sign the defender.
Everton had a bid of £3.7million, plus add-ons, accepted by Leeds on Friday, with the Championship side ready to cash in on the full-back as he falls out of contract at Elland Road at the end of the season.
Everton manager Roberto Martinez said his club had made an approach on Friday, although he suggested there was still some work to do before a transfer could take place.
Reports suggest both West Ham and Newcastle are also competing for the signature of the 22-year-old, and Evans told Sky Sports: “Sam has been given permission by our president to enter talks with a club in the Premier League and there were clubs in the Premier League late afternoon yesterday still trying to come to an agreement as well.
“But that’s out of my hands and that now lies with young Sam. You never say anything is done until it is complete do you? If he’s with us, fantastic; if he’s not, everyone at Leeds United will wish him good luck.”
Byram came through Leeds United’s academy and has made over 140 appearances for the club in four seasons after making his debut in 2012.