Everton lead chase for Leeds star Byram – Reports

Rob Conlon
Sam Byram: Poised to join West Ham

Sam Byram: Poised to join West Ham

Everton are favourites to land Leeds United starlet Sam Byram ahead of West Ham, according to reports.

Byram is being chased by a number of Premier League clubs having turned down an offer to extend his contract at Elland Road beyond the end of this season.

The 22-year-old, who can play on the right-hand side of defence or midfield, was watched by Everton scout Ian Atkins in Leeds’ 2-1 defeat at Ipswich Town on Tuesday night.

And according to the Daily Mirror, Byram would prefer a move to Goodison Park, despite interest from the likes of West Ham, Bournemouth, Sunderland and Swansea City.

Everton are understood to be prepared to offer £3million, but Leeds owner Massimo Cellino is hoping to use the interest from rival clubs to drive the price up closer to £5million.

Should Byram leave in the summer, Leeds would be owed compensation due to his age, but Cellino has already expressed his intention to sell this month.