Report: Crystal Palace plotting move to sign Leeds United star Sam Byram

Selhurst Park - Crystal Palace - 23/02/2014

Crystal Palace have reportedly joined the race to sign Leeds United's Sam Byram.

According to The Mirror, Crystal Palace have joined the race to sign Leeds United star Sam Byram, along with Leicester City, Norwich City and West Ham United.

Palace have enjoyed a superb season so far, sitting just four points adrift of the top four as they prepare to take on Chelsea at Selhurst Park this afternoon - a match in which they will be hoping to prove that they are legitimate contenders for European football.

Manager Alan Pardew has worked wonders since his appointment a year ago, and he will be looking to bring in some new faces during the January transfer window.

One potential target could be Sam Byram, with The Mirror reporting today that the Leeds United star is wanted by the Eagles - but Premier League rivals Leicester, Norwich and West Ham are also believed to be interested in his services.

Byram, 22, has come up through the ranks at Leeds having moved from Essex at a young age, but he could now be in line for a return to the South if Palace get their way.

With three goals in his last five games, Byram was always going to attract attention in the January transfer window, but that's even more likely given that his contract at Elland Road expires at the end of the season.

That means that Leeds could look to cash in on Byram now rather than go through a tribunal at the end of the season, with an £8m fee being suggested for the right sided full back or midfielder - and it could be Palace that manage to prise him away from Elland Road this month.

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