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Negotiations for Sam Byram could be the most important Leeds make all summer

Leeds have re-opened contract talks with Sam Byram.

Leeds United have re-opened contract talks with Sam Byram, report the Yorkshire Evening Post.

Byram has only one year remaining on his contract, and discussions have not progressed since reaching an impasse last year.

While nothing has been agreed upon yet, the fact player and club are sitting back around a negotiating table is superb news, especially with it reported that Byram is keen to stay put.

Leeds have always maintained a not for sale message regarding the versatile star, but the fact the clock is ticking on his contract causes worry among supporters.

If Byram can commit then it could just be the most vital piece of business the club do all summer, and there have been some impressive ones in there.

The season long loan deal for Tom Adeyemi, the late deal to sign Stuart Dallas before the season starts, re-signing Sol Bamba, and spending big on Chris Wood all rank up there.

But failure to do any of these would sting far less than the agony of seeing another home grown prospect go the way of Fabian Delph, Jonny Howson, and so many more over the past decade.

Byram has established himself as a key part of the Leeds team, and is developing as a far more dynamic attacking player having made the switch to play in midfield.

Carrying on playing regularly for and signing a new deal with Leeds is surely the best move he can make right now in a football sense as well as the important message it will send out to Premier League clubs interested in their other talented youngsters like Alex Mowatt.

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