Sunderland are interested in signing Sam Byram from Leeds United in the summer transfer window, according to The Daily Mail.
It has been claimed by the British newspaper that the Black Cats are lining up a bid of £5 million for the services of the 21-year-old.
Leeds reportedly value the youngster - who can play as a right-back or as a right-winger - at £8m, but Sunderland are not willing to pay that much.
The Daily Mail also claims that Sunderland’s Premier League rivals Newcastle United and Liverpool are interested in Byram as well.
Byram is one of the best young players in the Championship, and it should not come as a surprise that as many as three Premier League clubs are interested in him.
In fact, Liverpool’s interest in the Englishman is nothing new, as back in April, The Daily Star claimed that the Merseyside outfit had sent scouts to watch him in action.
Byram’s current contract with Leeds runs out in June 2016, according to Transfermarkt.co.uk.
In 39 Championship appearances in the recently concluded 2014-15 season, Byram scored three goals and created 39 chances.
The youngster, who started the season as a right-back and then featured as a right-winger, had a pass accuracy of 77% and a shot accuracy of 43%.
Byram won 91 headers, 20 dribbles and 56 tackles in those 39 league matches.