Leeds eye up new target in the January window
By Alex Stevens
Leeds are eyeing up a winger in the January window as doubts grow over the future of Sam Bryam.
Manager Steve Evans has admitted he is in the market for a new player on the flanks, with Byram expected to move on during the transfer window.
The versatile 22-year-old, who has been playing at right midfield with growing success, has refused to sign a new contract and a string of Premier League clubs looking to acquire his services at a relatively knock-down price.
A source close to Byram has told Football Insider that Liverpool, Aston Villa and Tottenham are among the team keen on acquiring the services of the player, who can also slot in at full-back.
Now, Evans has revealed that a new wide player is high on his wish list.
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“There’s a wide player we are looking at, and we’d like to bring him in,” the manager told Radio Leeds. “That’s gone to a chairman and a manager’s discussion on Tuesday [at the player’s current club]. We just need to be patient.”
The Championship club expect to complete a new deal for midfielder Bridcutt after reaching an agreement with Sunderland.
They are also trying to finalise a deal for Norwich striker Kyle Lafferty, who has slipped down the pecking order at Carrow Road.
Bridcutt’s initial emergency loan term at Elland came to an end following the Championship club’s clash with MK Dons on Saturday.
Evans has claimed that Leeds’ 1-1 draw against MK Dons last Saturday was proof of why his team need reinforcements in the January window even though they extended their unbeaten sequence to seven matches.
“We’ve got some good genuine targets that we want to get in the door,” the manager added. “Two or three players would be fantastic, as we would be getting some Bridcutt quality in.”