It was hardly unexpected and only a matter of time but in news coming through from Adam Pope, BBC Radio Leeds commentator, on Twitter, it seems that an offer for Sam Byram has been accepted by Leeds United.
Widely reported across many media providers, it was said that Everton were interested in taking the Leeds United right-sided utility player on a deal during this transfer window, rather than wait until the summer when the youngster’s contract ended. That scenario now seems to have come closer with the Whites accepting an as yet ‘undisclosed’ offer from the Merseysiders.
— Adam Pope (@APOPEY) January 14, 2016
As Popey points out in another Tweet, Leeds United will be losing the player who has pulled on the famous white shirt of Leeds United the most times amongst the current squad with Byram having represented the Whites on 143 occasions since making his first team debut back in 2012 in a 4-0 victory over Shrewsbury in the League Cup.
In the 143 appearances to date, Byram has proven himself to be not only a solid defensive presence at right back but also a threat all the way up the right flank. Over his Leeds United career, the Essex-born youngster has ten goals, including nine in the Championship and 12 assists; this season the 22-year-old has scored three goals and laid on one assist.
Whilst there is little of substance on the value of the ‘transfer’, Popey reckons that a figure of “maybe around £4m” whilst David Anderson from the Daily Mirror Tweeted the following,
Sources close to Everton saying Byram fee is an initial £3m. Those close to Leeds say it is £4m down. There will be another £1m in add-ons.
— David Anderson (@MirrorAnderson) January 14, 2016
The Yorkshire Post are saying that the figure involved in the offer from Everton, that Leeds United have accepted, is £3.7m.
As of yet, whilst it is understood that a deal is yet to be finalised, there has been no confirmation of a signature by Byram that will make sure his transfer from Championship to the Premier League.