Report: Sunderland admire Sam Byram, Cellino's £8m asking price deemed excessive

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Sunderland have been put off a move for Sam Byram by Massimo Cellino's valuation of the player.

According to the Daily Mail, Sunderland have made a £5m bid for Leeds defender Sam Byram - but have been scared off by Massimo Cellino's £8m valuation.

The Black Cats are looking to land a right back this summer having allowed former French international Anthony Reveillere to leave on a free transfer, and the Daily Mail believe that Byram is one of their top targets.

The 21-year-old has come up through the Leeds United academy having joined the club ten years ago, and has now racked up well over 100 appearances for the Whites.

Byram can not only play at right back but also on the right hand side of midfield, and his versatility - as well as his superb performances for Leeds - have now led to interest from the Premier League, with Sunderland allegedly interested.

However, the Daily Mail believe that Sunderland have offered just £5m, and Leeds president Massimo Cellino is looking for a fee of £8m in order to let Byram leave.

The report adds that Sunderland 'admire' Byram, but deem Cellino's valuation of the player to be 'excessive', meaning a deal looks unlikely at this stage.

The report contradicts an article in The Mirror this week which claimed the Black Cats had presented an £8 million offer to Leeds for the player.

Home grown influence

Leeds' academy has developed some superb players over the years, and the current crop of talent at Elland Road is one that fans should cherish.

With Byram, Charlie Taylor, Lewis Cook, and Alex Mowatt all featuring heavily in the Leeds first team, new manager Uwe Rosler has an excellent base of home grown talent at his disposal.

If Leeds are to finally return to the Premier League soon, it will be because of big contributions from those four players - and keeping hold of Byram is vital to Leeds' plans, so maybe - just maybe - Cellino deserves some praise for pricing Sunderland out of a deal.

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