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Steve Evans takes a firm and clear stance over Sam Byram

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Leeds United youngster Sam Byram has been linked with Everton and Sunderland.

Leeds United head coach Steve Evans has revealed to The Yorkshire Evening Post what he will tell Sam Byram in January.

Byram, who can play as a right-back or as a right-winger, has rejected the offer to sign a new contract, according to The Yorkshire Evening Post.

It has been reported by the English newspaper that the 22-year-old was offered a year’s extension on his existing wages of £12,000 per week.

However, Byram has reportedly rejected it, and Evans has made it clear that unless the defender changes his mind soon, he will not find himself in the Leeds team.

“I will make it clear when we get to January that if he doesn’t want to commit his future, I don’t want him around,” the Scot told the Yorkshire Evening Post.

“We want players who want to be here. He is not going to sit around and be a bit-part player, he has got too much in the locker for that.”

Byram has been on the books of Leeds since 2005 and is one of the most promising young players in the Championship.

The 22-year-old has struggled with poor form this season, though, and is not guaranteed a place in the Whites’ starting lineup.

It seems that Evans is taking a tough approach regarding Byram’s future, but it is unlikely that the player will be too worried about it.

If recent reports are to be believed, then the Leeds youngster will not lack offers from big Premier League clubs.

According to a report in The Daily Mail in November, Merseyside outfit Everton are interested in Byram, while The Daily Star claimed this month that Sunderland want the youngster.

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