Everton to battle City for Leeds star

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Sam Byram

Everton and Manchester City are set to go head to head for the signature of Leeds United youngster Sam Byram.

The Sun report that the Premier League clubs are ready to offer £10m for Byram, who has been an ever present in the Leeds side this season.

The 19-year-old is the latest player to step up from Leeds’ youth academy and has impressed in his debut season at Elland Road. He is able to play at right back and at right midfield and was recently named the Football League young Player of the Month.

Leeds will struggle to keep Byram

Leeds are set to finish in mid table and Byram’s emergence in the team has been a highlight of a mediocre season for the Yorkshire club.

However, they will struggle to hold on to the promising player. With Phil Neville retiring at the end of the season, Everton boss David Moyes sees Byram as an ideal replacement.

Manchester City are also interested. They are keen to bring in young British talent that they can mould into Premier and Champions League stars. They feel the youngster can only benefit from training with the world class stars already at the club.

Byram better off at Leeds

Leeds have no intention of selling the youngster as they hope to mount a promotion push next season and be able to offer Byram Premier League football themselves.

Elland Road manager Brian McDermott said: “Sam leaving is not something that has crossed my agenda. People can talk — for me the best place for Sam is Leeds — playing and doing well.”

Byram may be persuaded to stay and help Leeds win promotion as he is a lifelong fan of the club. However Leeds owners GFH Capital will be prepared to sell if big money is offered.

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