Leeds boss Evans comments on Byram interest, would funds be spent on transfers?

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Leeds United boss Steve Evans has updated fans on Sam Byram's future.

Leeds United boss Steve Evans has updated fans on Sam Byram's future, admitting there is genuine interest from Premier League clubs.

Speaking to BBC Radio Leeds after the 1-1 draw with MK Dons, Evans claimed more than one boss had been in touch about the player, doing their research with a view to a potential transfer.

Evans went on to add that he wants the player to stay, but the decision rests with owner Massimo Cellino, but he has sought assurances that any transfer fee will be re-invested in the Leeds playing squad.

He said: "There's huge interest in Sam Byram, we can all read the media, there's a couple of head coaches in the Premier League who remain confidential who have asked me about Sam, about his character and things like that.

"I give an honest appraisal, but the one thing this Football Club does have is the president has money, so it has to be right for Leeds United, and what we do with that money if that's the case, but me personally, I want him to stay."

Byram has recently been in excellent form, scoring three goals in December, and being nominated for PFA Player of the Month.

His contract is due to expire in June, meaning Leeds would lose him on a free at the end of the season, but because he has come through the academy and is under 23, the club would be entitled to money via a tribunal, and Leeds can choose to gamble that they would receive more this way - and try and convince him to stay in the mean time.

The worst thing they could do would be to sell late in the window or on deadline day, without any chance to re-invest the money in the squad for the rest of the season.

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