Speaking this morning on Sky Sports News HQ, Leeds United head coach Steve Evans has revealed that there are ‘four or five Premier League clubs’ who are interested in signing Sam Byram.
The 22-year-old’s future has been a talking point for some time now and it is unclear if he will still be a Leeds United player either next season, or even this time next month. He has turned down new contract offers in the past, but Evans had remained hopeful of changing his mind. Nevertheless, Evans is becoming more resigned to the prospect of losing him,
“I can’t say whether he will or not (sign a new contract). He’s made it clear he doesn’t want to extend his contract beyond this summer and there are four or five Premier League clubs who would like to get Sam.
They are all good clubs. It has to be right first and foremost for Leeds and that young man. He’s got all the attributes to play in the Premier League but it has to be right for all parties.”
In September 2015, owner Massimo Cellino revealed that he was ‘deeply offended’ after Byram turned down a new contract, although it was believed he was offered a decrease in wages from his previous deal.
Byram found himself mostly out of the club when Evans took over earlier this season but has enjoyed a run in the side in recent times. The club are on a seven match unbeaten run and yesterday extended the loan of Liam Bridcutt from Sunderland until the end of the season.