Newly-promoted Crystal Palace are reportedly planning a £2.5 million raid for Leeds United right-back Sam Byram, with the 19-year-old likely to attract interest from several Premier League clubs this summer.
Having completed their first signing of the summer with the capture of midfielder Stephen Dobbie, Crystal Palace could now up their attempts to buy Sam Byram from Leeds United, with reports that the London club have launched a £2.5 million bid for the defender.
Byram has also been linked with Manchester City after an excellent season at Elland Road that saw win every gong going at the Leeds end of season awards and earn a call up to the England under-20 squad.
Byram is tipped to become an England international in the future, and Palace hope that by acting swiftly this summer they might be able to sign the right-back before a major English side comes in for him.
Leeds are well aware of the interest in the defender, and Byram signed a new contract at Elland Road in January that sees him tied to the club until 2016. Byram himself has recently indicated he would like to stay and try and earn promotion with Leeds.
This could make it difficult for Palace to complete a deal, and it is also notable that Manchester City were originally linked with an £8million move for Byram, which could suggest the rumoured £2.5million bid Palace have made would be rejected out of hand by Leeds.
Ian Holloway is keen to move quickly this summer to reshape his squad in what will be a tough first season back in the top flight. Along with Byram, moves for Liverpool’s Jonjo Shelvey and Peterborough’s Dwight Gayle have been mooted.
Gayle is expected to be Palace’s second summer signing, while there is considerable competition for Shelvey from Swansea City, who are reportedly leading the chase for the £5 million-rated attacking midfielder.
There has also been speculation that Palace might launch an ambitious attempt to bring Victor Moses back to Selhurst Park on loan if the Nigerian player is told he is surplus to requirements at Chelsea.
Bringing in Byram would be a good move for Palace to strengthen, but the rumoured offer is unlikely to be enough. How high they are prepared to go is another question altogether.
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