Leeds boss Steve Evans says he's given four Premier League managers excellent references regarding Sam Byram's attitude

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Evans claims that the youngster's attitude has been exceptional recently.

Steve Evans has praised Sam Byram's attitude, and revealed that he has given four Premier League bosses fantastic references about the player who appears destined to exit Elland Road, Sky Sports reports.

The 22-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season, and Whites owner Massimo Cellino has already explained that he wishes to sell Byram during this window (via Sky Sports).

With his relationship with the club's hierarchy seemingly damaged beyond repair, the youngster would perhaps be forgiven for spending his final few months with the Yorkshire side simply going through the motions, waiting for his seemingly inevitable exit to be arranged.

However, Evans has revealed that despite the ongoing situation, Byram's attitude has been exemplary, and he has no problem informing the top flight bosses chasing his signature what kind of player they would be getting. 

"Four Premier League managers have asked me about him, mostly about his character and what he's like off the pitch," he told Sky Sports. "I couldn't have given them more glowing references than I already have. He really is such a fantastic young professional.

"He's first in the building and he's the last out. On days off, he comes in and he makes sure his recovery is right. He's always with the staff stretching and being prepared for training and when he trains, he trains with real intensity and real quality so I'm not surprised that people want to take him."

Shortly after Evans' arrival at Elland Road - and with the writing arguably already on the wall - Byram was swiftly moved to the periphery of the squad, despite being one of the main focal points since his emergence in 2012. 

However, he was soon back in the fold and quickly proved that he should never have been away as he scored twice in the win over Wolves, before bagging the equaliser in the draw with Nottingham Forest. 

Despite bursting onto the scene as a right-back, and then being given a chance further forward on the wing, Byram has adopted something of a playmaker role at times since his return to the side, looking to have more of an influence in the centre of the park. 

And Evans will know that if Leeds are to get anywhere near the play-offs this season - with Tuesday's defeat to Ipswich leaving them 12 points adrift of the top six - Byram will need to produce more moments of the kind of quality that has got Premier League sides interested, should he stay beyond this window.  

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