Could a Sunderland deal for the Arsenal right-back see Leeds United keep one of their most talented youngsters?
According to a report from the Mirror, Sunderland have provisionally agreed a one-year loan deal with Arsenal for Carl Jenkinson, and if the Black Cats ultimately get their man that could be great news for Leeds United.
Sunderland are on the lookout for a new right-back and according to a recent report from the Northern Echo, Dick Advocaat’s side were keen on Byram but would have to pay more than their initial verbal offer of £4.5million.
Well it now seems Sunderland are close to tying up a deal for Jenkinson – at least for a year – meaning they are unlikely to move for two right-backs in one summer.
Leeds could do with the cash injection a potential £5million-plus deal for Byram would bring, but they would not want to lose a player who shone both at right-back and on the wing last season.
Two positions covered by one promising player means Leeds manager Uwe Rosler will surely not want to part with him, although if an offer too good to refuse arrived on owner Massimo Cellino’s desk that could still happen.
But if Sunderland do what West Ham United did last season and bring Jenkinson in on loan, one of Byram’s potential suitors would appear to be out of the equation.
With just a year left on his current contract, Leeds have a decision to make regarding Byram; but having tied down so much of their young talent in recent weeks, keeping the 21-year-old would be another show of intent for a club whose aim must be to return to the top flight in time for the 2016/2017 campaign.