Liverpool are close to signing Leeds United’s wanted man Sam Byram in a £8million deal, according to the Daily Star. The wing-back has been a revelation for The Whites over the past few seasons, which has led to a number of top flight clubs keeping a close eye on his progress.
Not short of buyers
One thing that Byram will not be short of if Leeds were to let him leave is options, with clubs from the top flight are forming a queue to buy the England under-20 international.
Over the past eight months Sunderland have been keeping a close eye on Byram, with Liverpool also keeping tabs on the defender. Also last summer Southampton had a £4.5million bid rejected by the Yorkshire side but Saints manager Ronald Koeman remains interested.
Likened to Gareth Bale
In recent times Byram has been likened to Real Madrid £85m superstar Gareth Bale regarding his style of play. The 20-year-old’s running power from full back and his ability to create chances when positioned in the wing back role has not gone unnoticed.
The Reds boss Brendan Rodgers is convinced that Byram can become one of the best full backs in England and would slot into his new style formation perfectly. Leeds president Massimo Cellino has placed the Leeds man in the £10million bracket, but is willing to reach an agreement with Rodgers in order to get a deal done.
Byram has made over 100 league appearances for the Championship side, and in May of 2013 he was called up to the England under-20 side for the FIFA under-20 World Cup in Turkey but unfortunately had to withdraw due to a injury problem.
Byram is a class defender and, if he can make that step up to the top flight and excel, could be a contender for a future position in the England side.