By Alex Stevens
Sam Byram has completed an Everton medical after agreeing the terms of a £3.7million move from Leeds, Football Insider sources understand.
The 22-year-old is set to be announced as an Everton player within the next 24 hours after the Merseysiders’ bid was accepted by the Championship club on Thursday.
Byram travelled to Goodison Park at the weekend to finalise a move to the Premier League club after being left out of the Leeds team that lost 2-0 to Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.
Manager Steve Evans said Bryam was not selected at the player’s request with a transfer to Everton pending.
The Premier League side sent top scout Ian Atkins to watch Byram during Leeds’ 2-1 defeat to Ipswich last Tuesday and tempted Leeds to cash in on him.
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.
Evans paved the way for Bryam’s exit by revealing 10 days ago that he was unsure whether the club’s prize asset will be at Elland Road beyond the end of the month.
Byram’s reputation is growing rapidly, and last week the versatile midfielder, who can also play at right-back, 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.