Everton manager Roberto Martinez has confirmed that he has sanctioned an ‘initial approach’ for Leeds United’s Sam Byram, but conceded that any potential deal has ‘a long way to go yet’. Leeds head coach Steve Evans is set to field the player in their crucial Championship clash against Sheffield Wednesday tomorrow lunchtime. It could be his last game for the club.
Spaniard Martinez didn’t wish to expand too much upon any potential signing of the Leeds academy graduate, but did suggest that any new signing needs to be ‘the right character’. Evans suggested that the player should still report for training today but accepts that the player is destined for the Premier League.
Speaking at Thorp Arch today, Evans provided an update on the Byram transfer situation,
“I got a call late afternoon yesterday from the president to say that a fee had been agreed with a club in the Premier League and the reports are out there who it might be.
But I am expected Sam in this morning and I think he now leaves that to his advisors and his people to speak with Everton.
— Everton (@Everton) January 15, 2016
He’s a gifted young man and in the event he goes and plays in the Premier League then he will become a regular in the Premier League.”
The former Rotherham and Crawley boss is still awaiting for confirmation from Massimo Cellino that it would be appropriate to field Byram in his team to face the Owls tomorrow. Assuming that no transfer is completed today, and it is highly unlikely that it will be, then Evans will ‘seek instruction’ regarding Byram’s potential selection. The Guardian understands that West Ham United and Newcastle United also still hope to sign Byram.