Everton's chief scout Ian Atkins reportedly at Portman Road to cast eye over Leeds United's Sam Byram last night

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Sam Byram is wanted by a host of Premier League clubs.

Everton are just one of many Premier League teams being linked with a move for Leeds United star Sam Byram.

The winger, who started his career at right-back, is being lined up as a potential alternative to Everton's currently injured right-back Seamus Coleman.

The Irishman is out for four weeks after suffering an injury against Manchester City in the Capital One Cup last week.

Everton are believed to already be keen on the player but now Coleman is out they may step up their interest.

According to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Everton have even sent their chief of recruitment to watch him in action.

It is reported that Ian Atkins was at Portman Road last night to check out Byram in action as Leeds were defeated 2-1 by Ipswich in Suffolk.

The chief Everton scout was apparently at the club with orders to monitor the performance of Byram to decide whether he is a player Roberto Martinez should be pursuing.

Byram has already rejected two new contract offers from Leeds United in the past six months and is out of contract in the summer - meaning Leeds could be tempted to sell the 22-year-old this month.

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