Massimo Cellino admits he wants to sell Leeds United defender Sam Byram

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West Ham United and Norwich City are both said to be tracking Leeds United defender Sam Byram.

Controversial Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino has told the Daily Mirror that he is keen to sell Sam Byram in January.

Byram has rejected all of Leeds’ offers of a new contract, and he has only six months remaining on his current deal.

Leeds know they are losing their power to demand a fee for the 22-year-old, due to his contract situation, and Cellino is keen to cash in on the youngster while he still can.

“We just want to sell Byram because he wants to leave,” the Italian owner said to the Mirror.

“It is better to lose him now. It is less painful for the club.”

Byram is said by the Mirror to be of interest to Premier League duo Norwich City and West Ham United.

His exit would be a hammer blow for Leeds supporters, who have seen him develop from an academy graduate into a first team star.

Byram has played a key part for Leeds for the past few seasons, and he won the PFA’s Fans' Player of the Month Award for December.

If Byram does leave Leeds in the near future, he will do so having made 119 Championship appearances for the Whites’ first team.

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