Report: Southampton to step up interest in Leeds United's Sam Byram

Southampton will reportedly look to reignite their interest in Leeds United full-back Sam Byram this month.

Southampton are set to step up their interest in Leeds United right-back Sam Byram this month, according to the Daily Star.

Byram, 21, has established himself as one of the top prospects in the Championship over recent seasons, and his impressive performances have already seen the Saints come calling for his signature in the past.

Manager Ronald Koeman revealed that the club had seen a £4 million bid rejected in August, telling Sky Sports: “We lost Calum Chambers to Arsenal. [Byram] was a player we had on the list and it’s true that we had a bid for him, yes.

“What I heard was that Leeds didn’t accept it.”

However, with Nathaniel Clyne still to commit to a new contract at St Mary’s, amid reports of Manchester United’s interest from the likes of the Mirror, Koeman is understood to be preparing another run at the promising defender.

Byram has made 22 appearances for Neil Redfearn’s side this season, and has showcased his versatility over the past two matches in a more advanced role on the right flank.

Redfearn even compared him to former Southampton product Gareth Bale following the 1-1 draw at Bolton Wanderers earlier this month, telling BBC Radio Leeds: I mentioned to him, look at Gareth Bale, he started at left-back, now he's a left winger.

"There's no reason why he can't go on and play in a different position and be more effective further forward and I think he did that today."

With Leeds owner Massimo Cellino banned from running the club until April, now would seem like the perfect chance for the Saints to exploit the chaos behind the scenes at Elland Road, although it will still likely take a sizeable bid to lure Byram to the South Coast.

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