With Leeds United in the process of selling young right-sided utility player Sam Byram, a reported £3.7m fee agreed with Everton, eyes turn amongst Elland Road fans as to who’s coming in now we know who’s going out.

With head coach Steve Evans his usual ebullient self, the amiable Leeds United boss told West Yorkshire Sport  reporter Adam Pope that he is definitely in the market for improvements to the Whites saying, “I’d like to strengthen the spine of the team,” with central defence and strikers seemingly the priority for Evans’ Leeds.

Speaking further to West Yorkshire Sport, Evans says that promotion depends on investment and that if that’s received that he, “believe[s]I can go on and do what I’ve done at other clubs: promotion.” With a fair wad of money certainly playing a part in the transfer of Byram to Everton, Evans believes that the club should deposit the money in the bank and look for players that want to play for Leeds United.

There have been many names mentioned as ‘possibly coming through the door’ at Elland Road from Stoke’s Peter Crouch to Celtic’s Tom Rogic but two recent ones are Norwich and Northern Ireland striker Kyle Lafferty and Middlesbrough’s Spanish marksman Kike. Whilst the latter seems to be a stalled no-goer of an idea, the Yorkshire Evening Post saying that, “Evans [is]of the understanding that the 26-year-old Spaniard is not for sale,” it still seems that a deal for Lafferty has legs.

On the question of Lafferty, Steve Evans showed his humorous side when dealing with the Alex Neli-imposed silence about any potential Lafferty deal. On the subject, a jovial Evans would only say, “Alex Neil told me to stop talking about it and Alex is smaller than me but he would probably fight better than me,” said Evans. I’m going to have to not talk about it but that lies with the people above me. I have never hidden my admiration for the player but I have a real respect for my mate at Norwich in Alex and the chief executive over there so we will let those talks continue.”

So, with the Byram money looking likely to hit Leeds soon, the question is what will the Whites do with it?


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