By Alex Stevens
Leeds have agreed a £3.7million fee with Everton for star player Sam Byram, Football Insider sources understand.
The 22-year-old, who can play at right-back or right midfield, is set to move to Goodison Park this month after the Merseysiders’ bid was accepted by the Championship club.
An Everton source has told Football Insider that 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.
Everton, who have been pursuing Byram for months, have tabled a formal bid that has been accepted by the Yorkshire giants.
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 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 of last week he 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.