Speculation over Sam Byram's future at Leeds United continues to grow after Sunderland reportedly placed him at the top of their wish list, report the Northern Echo.
The Premier League side are said by the paper to have been told that their verbal offer of £4.5 million will not be enough to convince Leeds to let him leave.
Byram is a product of Leeds' academy and was last year compared to Gareth Bale by head coach Neil Redfearn, reported the Yorkshire Evening Post.
The 21-year-old has added to the fervour over his future, and perhaps re-assure fans, by using Twitter to 'favourite' a message from a Leeds supporter hoping he will stay at the club.
There are two ways to read the fact Byram selected this message to favourite. Was he appreciated the kind wishes because he is off? Or was he instead happy to hear from a fan that they want to see him back next year?
The defender turned winger has just one year remaining on his contract, and if a big bid comes in may have little say over his own future, should the club hierarchy elect to cash in.
The added context surrounding Byram's future are reports in the Yorkshire Evening Post that Leeds are targeting Chesterfield's attacking full-back Tendayi Darikwa, a potential replacement.
With new boss Uwe Rosler today denying this, explaining he wants to keep Byram at the club, as reported by BBC Radio Leeds, the likelihood is that the player too is looking forward to coming back next season.