Speaking to TV Yorkshire, former Leeds defender Ben Parker has shared his thoughts on Sam Byram’s contract situation, admitting that he believes the full-back could still reject a move and sign a new deal at Elland Road.
Parker said: “At the start of January, I was 100% sure he was gone. I know there are a lot of rumours going around, but as January is going on, I’m more leaning towards him signing a new deal. He’s a Leeds lad through and through, and he’d love to sign a new contract here.”
Parker’s view comes across as being very optimistic, given that Byram has reportedly agreed a deal with Premier League side Everton.
Sky Sports claim that the two clubs have agreed a fee for the 22-year-old, with personal terms being agreed this week.
Byram is out of contract at Elland Road at the end of this season, and he has endured a topsy-turvy season due to his expiring deal.
He has been left out of the first-team after refusing to sign a new contract, but since returning to the starting XI, Byram has been in great form.
Since then, Everton have had their bid accepted, but Parker believes there is still a chance Byram could reject an exit and actually sign an extension at Elland Road.
This is a bold suggestion, and one which would have been met with ridicule earlier in the season. Everyone, including Parker, believed Byram was leaving in the run up to January, but since the opening of the transfer window the youngster has appeared more settled.
Of course, that could just be down to the fact that leaving Leeds is just around the corner, but Parker is still leaning towards Byram agreeing a new contract at Elland Road.
Few people would want to agree with Parker and get their hopes up, but if Byram does make a U-turn and stay with Leeds it would delight a large majority of the Elland Road support.