Former Leeds United boss Brian McDermott compares Sam Byram situation to that of Nick Blackman

The Reading boss also spoke very highly of Leeds United.

The future of Sam Byram seems to be away from Leeds United. A number of Premier League teams are said to be keen on the talented Leeds star who has so far refused to sign a new deal at Elland Road.

His current deal expires in the summer and with that in mind the Yorkshire side are getting ready to move him on this month to ensure they get a fair price for his services - rather than lose him for a compensation fee in the summer

One man who knows the talent of Byram well is former Leeds United boss Brian McDermott. Now back at Reading he was speaking to Noel Whelan and co on BBC Radio Leeds last night and the subject turned to Byram.

He was full of praise for Byram but also went on to compare this situation to that of Nick Blackman, who Reading recently reluctantly sold to Derby County:

"You know he's a player that is going to have a lot of admirers.

"I know he loves Leeds, he loves the fans at Leeds, he loves the club. I don't know what the situation is at Leeds as far as Sam is concerned. I know he is playing his heart out for Leeds United at this time.

"It's the same situation we had with Nick Blackman. We offered Nick a contract, we couldn't do a deal, if you can't do a deal with a player who has six months (left) of a contract he either goes for a fee that is good business for the club or he walks away for free at the end of the season. The majority of owners and sensible managers are going to take the money."

He went on however to have a warning for Byram - regarding the status of Leeds United.

"You're not just talking about any old club, you're talking about Leeds United. You are talking about a club that is right up there in my opinion.

"Playing for Leeds United, and that badge, Sam will be loving playing for Leeds and I am absolutely sure about that. Anybody who has that opportunity and honour to play for that club is a lucky man so this isn't any old club - this is Leeds United. It's a fantastic club."

At the moment it seems that Byram is definitely on his way out of the club but McDermott seems to be suggesting he should reconsider that thought process.

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