Manchester City set sights on Leeds starlet in £10m deal

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Manchester City are preparing a £10million package to sign defender Sam Byram from Leeds United, according to reports.

The Daily Mail claims Roberto Mancini has put the 19-year-old right back at the head of a list of English players he hopes to bring to the Etihad Stadium in the summer.

The paper goes on to report that the Citizens would pay £6million up-front for the teenager, with add-ons potentially taking the deal up to double figures.

Manchester City would also consider sending the teenager back to Elland Road on loan as part of the deal, the report claims.

Byram has been in fine form for Leeds United this season, establishing himself as a regular in what has been a difficult season for the club.

Indeed, Neil Warnock left his post as manager earlier in the month, and the Whites are far from safe in the Npower Championship with just five games remaining this season.

Byram has been a rare shining light, and particularly impressed for the second tier side in theie FA Cup fifth round defeat to the champions back in February.

City, meanwhile, have lost their grip on the Premier League title, and manager Mancini appears to be looking to add a 'homegrown' core to his side ahead of next season.

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