Steve Evans admits transfer talks with agents, addresses Sam Byram's Leeds future

Elland Road pitchside

Steve Evans watched his Leeds side draw 1-1 at Nottingham Forest tonight.

Leeds United manager Steve Evans has told Sky Sports that the club are speaking to agents about January transfers - and still wants Sam Byram to commit to the club.

Leeds took on Nottingham Forest earlier this evening, and fell behind at the City Ground as Nelson Oliveira tapped the ball home after calamitous defending from Giuseppe Bellusci and Marco Silvestri.

However, Leeds did hit back in the second half, as in-form Sam Byram smashed home a superb strike, drilling beyond Dorus De Vries and in to the net.

In a frantic last 15 minutes, neither side could find a winning goal, meaning Forest are six games unbeaten, whilst Leeds are five without defeat.

After the game, Leeds manager Steve Evans spoke to Sky Sports about the game, and raved about right midfielder Sam Byram.

The 22-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season, and Evans couldn't speak highly enough about Byram, before stating that he must commit his future to Elland Road.

"Well, he's a top player. It is why we hope he stays at the football club," said Evans. "He pops into pockets when he plays further forward and he's very difficult to mark. The reason he's so good is because his feet are terrific. He's a gifted boy, a player we want to work with, but we want him to commit to our football club."

Evans also told Sky Sports that he is pressing ahead with moves for the January transfer window, admitting that Leeds are speaking to agents about potential deals next month.

"The day I was appointed, I said to the chairman that my objective was to get us into top half of the table. It’s never been clearer, we have to be within six points as we go into January and we’re ready to do some business. We’re speaking to clubs, to agents and we know one or two players want to join us but let’s be clear, they’re joining Leeds United which is a fantastic football club. We’re building something good here and it doesn’t have to happen this season. We’ve got until next summer to build and then we’re ready to go," he added.

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