It is understood that Leeds United’s in-demand star Sam Byram is ‘taking time’ to considering the deal offered to him by Premier League side Everton. Yorkshire Evening Post’s Chief Football Writer Phil Hay also believes that the deal isn’t expected to fall through.

The Daily Star understands that Byram has indeed passed a medical with the Goodison Park club and that the transfer is a formality at this stage. The 22-year-old is however expected at the Championship club’s Thorp Arch training ground this morning, where he may say his goodbyes in what could prove to be his final day as a Leeds United player.

The youngster was left out of the Leeds squad for Saturday’s lunchtime clash against local rivals Sheffield Wednesday, a match which the Owls won 2-0. Head Coach Steve Evans said that Byram was discussing a move elsewhere and felt it wasn’t right for him to be considered for selection. The day before the game, he did suggest he would have discussions with owner Massimo Cellino, before deciding to include him in his team selection or not.

The Yorkshire Post feels as though a deal is much closer and suggest that personal terms have already been agreed. On Friday, Toffees boss Roberto Martinez confirmed an ‘initial approach’ for Byram, but declared that any deal still had a long way to go before being confirmed. A deal of £3.7million has been agreed between the two clubs, and Evans will be hoping to use that cash to bolster his squad in this transfer window, or at the very least over the summer.

As the tweet above suggests, West Ham United are another known admirer of Byram and have been in contact with the Elland Road club. However it remains to be seen if any offer will be accepted from the club managed by Croatian Slaven Bilic.

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