By Alex Stevens
Sam Byram is set to undergo an Everton medical after agreeing a £3.7million move to Leeds, Football Insider sources understand.
The 22-year-old is in line to complete a move to Goodison Park by the end of the week after the Merseysiders’ bid was accepted by the Championship club on Thursday.
The Premier League side sent top scout Ian Atkins to watch Byram during Leeds’ 2-1 defeat to Ipswich on Tuesday and have tempted Leeds to cash in on him.
A Leeds source has told Football Insider that the versatile midfielder is not expected to undergo medical tests at Everton’s training headquarters before finalising terms with the Premier League club.
Byram’s exit was widely expected in the January window after Leeds failed with attempts to extend his contract, which expires at the end of this season.
Manager Steve Evans revealed paved the way for Bryam’s exit by revealing last week that he was unsure whether the club’s prize asset will be at Elland Road beyond the end of the month.
“I can’t say whether he will be there or not,” Evans said. “The young man has made it clear through his representatives that he doesn’t want to extend his contract beyond the summer.
“I’ve spoken to a couple [of Premier League clubs] before the weekend and a couple during the weekend. There are four or five clubs that want to get Sam. It would be unprofessional to name names.
“They’re good clubs. He has every attribute to play in the Premier League but it has to be right for Leeds United and the young man.”
Byram’s reputation is growing rapidly, and on Tuesday the versatile midfielder was crowned the Championship PFA Fans’ Player of the Month for December, in which he scored three goals and grabbed an assist to help Leeds stay unbeaten during the month.