Sam Byram compared to Gareth Bale

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If you believe one of the more outlandish transfer rumours in a month beset with them, Manchester United have a chance to sign Gareth Bale for around £150million. However, could there be a player just as suitable just down the road from them at their rivals?

No, don't be believing that it's Manchester City's Sergio Aguero or Yaya Toure, actually it's Leeds United's youngster Sam Byram, according to his manager Neil Redfearn at least.

In Demand

The defender has established himself at the Championship and has been linked with a whole host of top clubs including Arsenal, City and Liverpool. In-form Premier League side Southampton even had a bid rejected back in the summer.

Byram's current side have struggled in the lower reaches of England's second tier so far this season, but that hasn't stopped him from receiving rave reviews. However, the Yorkshire team's manager Redfearn has made sure his compliment is the biggest and best.

Leeds slipped ever closer towards relegation to League One over the weekend with a draw against fellow strugglers Bolton Wanderers. It leaves the Elland Road outfit just two points clear of the drop zone; in an attempt to abate Leeds' slide at the Reebok stadium, Byram was moved into midfield and impressed in the more advanced role.

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Respected local journalist Phil Hay tweeted about Redfearn's high praise of his young star after the match: 'Redfearn said team look more balanced and thought Byram was excellent on the wing. "We joked with him that Bale started as a full-back."

Bale too started as a full-back as a youngster at Southampton, before a move to Tottenham Hotspur. After a while of failing to get into the first team, it was current QPR boss Harry Redknapp who moved the Welshman into midfield and the rest, as they say, is history.

He became a different player on the left at White Hart Lane with a string of world class performances and goals until Real Madrid took the £85 million plunge to bring him to Spain. 

New Star?

So could Byram do a Bale? - He may need a few more games as a winger and may perhaps need to show it in the Premier League too, but this is not the first time that has been compared to the Madrid speedster.

Again, in the summer of 2013, it was Redfearn who noted that he had not seen a young player as promising as Byram since Bale at the Saints.

If ever Leeds had money troubles, I bet current owner Massimo Cellino dreams of having that sort of worthy asset in rolled up his sleeve. The Italian will hope that his performances continue to rocket and his value with it.

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