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Report: Sunderland to offer £8m for Leeds United defender Sam Byram

Sunderland are to make Leeds United one more offer for Sam Byram.

Sunderland are to substantially increase their opening offer for Leeds United target Sam Byram, report The Mirror.

It is claimed the Black Cats are to bid £8 million for the versatile defender and midfielder, but the catch is this will be their final offer, unwilling to go any higher.

Byram has just one year left on his contract, and the new offer is far above the £4.5 million enquiry they had knocked back by the Whites earlier this month.

Sunderland are said to be hedging their bets, with The Mirror also reporting they have an option to sign Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson on loan for the season, but Byram is a long-term solution, and given his ability to play in midfield, they could potentially sanction both deals.

Byram was compared to Real Madrid superstar Gareth Bale by head coach Neil Redfearn last season, as reported the Yorkshire Post.

Having played as a right-back throughout his career, he was a revelation on the wing in the second half of the campaign, played in the position due to a lack of alternatives, but he excelled, scoring three times and providing three assists.

The Mirror report Leeds are 'sorely tempted' to cash in, but have so far stood firm with regard to Byram.

The fear is that if they sell the defender, owner Massimo Cellino would be opening the doors for bids for the club's other top talents Lewis Cook and Alex Mowatt, and need to continue to make a stand if they are to ever return to the Premier League.

If Leeds take the money they need to be prepared for a fan backlash, but if they reject it the issue does not stop there, not until they can tie the defender down to a new deal.

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