£8 million? Leeds United would be lucky to get half for Sam Byram

Elland Road pitchside

Leeds United would be lucky to get the speculated £8 million for Sam Byram from Sunderland or Everton.

The Mirror report Leeds United defender Sam Byram is at the centre of a £8 million tug-of-war between Sunderland and Everton.

Byram's future at the club is in doubt over his refusal to sign a new contract - yet it is for this very reason that Leeds would be lucky to get the speculated £8 million.

The full-back has struggled to hold down a regular place in the Leeds side this season, featuring only because of injuries and illness suffered by Gaetano Berardi and Charlie Taylor.

When he has played, Byram has looked like anything but an £8 million player, and given that he is a free agent at the end of the season, there is no need for any club to spend big, when they could sign him for free in the summer.

Byram is a promising prospect, but his displays this season have shown a concern over whether he can cope under pressure, and will not have convinced Premier League sides that he is worth gambling big money on just to beat competing sides to his signature.

Everton are a side with Seamus Coleman as a clear first choice right-back, and have little need to splash out on Byram.

Sunderland could make better use of him, as Byram could replace Tottenham loanee DeAndre Yedlin - but given that the Black Cats have Liam Bridcutt on loan at Elland Road, a part-exchange is more likely, with a small amount of cash taking place.

Byram's value depends really on now how good he is right now, but the level Premier League sides believe he can reach. If scouts genuinely feel he can go on and become an England international then £8 million would prove to be money well spent, but it is optimistic at this point on Leeds United's part to assume a club will pay this asking price.

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