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Leeds United boss Uwe Rosler comments on Sam Byram to Everton and Sunderland rumours

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The German says there have been no approaches for Sam Byram and that he is not for sale.

New Leeds United manager Uwe Rosler has spoken about the future of one of his star youngsters today, insisting that right-back Sam Byram is not for sale.

He is quoted by Sky Sports as stating:

"I don't know where the rumours come from.

"Nobody has spoken to us at the football club. There have not been any approaches lately that I'm aware of.

"The speculation, who creates that? It doesn't mean when somebody sells a player from A to B that one of our players will be first replacement for that player.

"We want to build this football club around them [the young players] and I'm very very keen to keep, especially the one you mentioned, Sam, to keep him here and work with him."

Byram, who can play at both right-back as well as right-wing, has been linked with moves away from the club this week.

Everton, fearful of losing Seamus Coleman to Manchester United, are reported by The Guardian to be interested in the 21-year-old.

Sunderland are believed to be lining up an £8 million bid for the player, as reported by the Sunderland Echo, to help ease their full-back troubles.

Can Leeds afford to lose Byram?

Leeds United have an abundance of top young talent coming through their ranks at the moment. The likes of Lewis Cook, Alex Mowatt, Charlie Taylor and Kalvin Phillips have fans excited. But Byram is the one who emerged first and last season he was fantastic, even when playing in an advanced winger role.

They also have little in the way of current replacements. Scott Wootton has played in the position and they also have Gaetano Berardi – but another player would need to be brought in to replace him.

That said, £8 million is a lot of money.

Leeds could bring in two or three new players to help their promotion push with that sort of money and would be hard pushed to turn it down – regardless of what Rosler or owner Massimo Cellino might say.

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