Sunderland's pursuit of Celtic's Adam Matthews could help Leeds hold on to Sam Byram

Celtic Parkhead

Leeds United may have lost one suitor for talented 21-year-old Sam Byram if the Black Cats complete a deal for the Wales star.

Those associated to Leeds United will be quietly delighted with Sunderland's likely deal for Celtic fullback Adam Matthews, with BBC Sport reporting that the Bhoys have accepted a bid of around £2 million for the 23-year-old.

The Welsh international is looking like moving back to English football after a four-year period in Scotland, and it could bring to an end any interest Dick Advocaat had in signing Leeds star Sam Byram.

Byram made 39 appearances for the club last season, and will likely be a vital part of Uwe Rosler's plans in the coming season.

Sunderland were deemed one of the clubs most interested in recruiting the 21-year-old, with the Mirror suggesting last month that they were the more likely destination for the right-sided star.

The report stated that the Black Cats were willing to pay £8 million for the Leeds man, a figure the Whites may have found difficult to turn down. 

Who else might be pursuing Byram?

Manchester City, Liverpool, Southampton and West Ham were all also credited with following Byram by the Mirror, but the Reds have since signed Nathaniel Clyne from the Saints, who have in turn brought in Portugal fullback Cedric Soares, while West Ham are pursuing Carl Jenkinson from Arsenal.

The newest concern for Leeds will be if Manchester United manage to prise Seamus Coleman away from Everton, with the Mail suggesting the Toffees will look to Byram to replace the Irishman if such an event occurs.

But Roberto Martinez would certainly be reluctant to sell Coleman, meaning that, as things are at the moment, Leeds may be confident of keeping hold of their talented player.

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