Premier League side West Ham United are in line to agree a deal with Leeds United youngster Sam Byram for a January move to the Hammers, according to the Daily Mail.

The 22-year-old is out of contract in the summer and is yet to sign any new deal offered to him by his current club.

A number of Premier League clubs are interested in securing his signature, but it is now West Ham who are the most likely to sign the full-back/right midfielder before the winter transfer window comes to a close.

In his time at Leeds United, Byram has established himself as a first team regular since making his debut in 2012. In total, he has made 140 appearances for the Whites, scoring 10 and assisting 12.

Leeds value Byram at £8 million and will be looking to sell him for that figure, but if the player was to leave for free at the end of the season, the Whites would be due compensation as he is under 24 years of age. This compensation fee is believed to be less than the current valuation.

Speaking about the player potentially leaving, The Express quotes Leeds boss Steve Evans as saying “until Massimo Cellino phones me up and tells me that Sam is being sold, I’ll continue to pick him.

“I’m quite relaxed about the situation. The reason I’m picking him is nothing to do with his contract or anything else. It’s down to his form.

“The reason he didn’t play for a few weeks a while back was because I wasn’t seeing the performances in training I needed to see from him.

“But he’s worked his game up and he’s a fantastic professional.

“I take a lot of interest in the Prozone stats and in two of the last three games he’s covered more distance than any other player by a quite distance. His attitude’s spot on and he’s been big for us.”

Byram is expected to feature for Leeds in Saturday’s clash with Milton Keynes Dons.


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