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Report: Swansea boss Monk hopes first-team football will secure Sam Byram's signature

Swansea City will reportedly push to sign Leeds ace Sam Byram in January.

According to the Daily Mirror, Swansea City boss Garry Monk is confident of luring Leeds United star Sam Byram to the Liberty Stadium.

Byram, 22, has come up through the ranks at Elland Road, having moved up north from his hometown of Thurrock in Essex as a youngster.

Initially a right back, Byram has now been pushed forward on to the right hand side of midfield, and has continued to impress under new Leeds manager Uwe Rosler this season.

Premier League clubs now appear to be lining up a move for Byram, who could be the latest Leeds youth product to make the jump to the top flight, following in the footsteps of Danny Rose, Fabian Delph, Aaron Lennon and James Milner to name but a few.

The Mirror report that Arsenal, Everton, Liverpool and Southampton are all casting admiring glances towards Byram, but Swansea City believe they can win the race for his signature.

They suggest that manager Garry Monk is confident that Byram will be tempted by a move to the Liberty Stadium, because he intends to offer him first-team football immediately, rather than have him set on the bench as he potentially would do at other Premier League clubs.

Byram is in the final year of his contract at Elland Road, leaving Leeds vulnerable to offers in the January transfer window - and should Swansea offer the alleged £8m, Leeds may find it hard to reject taking the cash.

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