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Leeds' Cellino leaves door open to secure Everton's McGeady

Leeds may yet do a deal with Everton despite Sam Byram's U-turn.

Leeds United may yet be able to do a transfer deal with Everton despite Sam Byram turning down a move to Merseyside.

The Mail reported on Monday that Leeds are one of three clubs along with Blackburn and Sheffield Wednesday who have enquired with Everton about signing Aiden McGeady on loan.

The Liverpool Echo reported earlier this month that McGeady and Darron Gibson are both available.

Byram had been expected to complete a move to Everton, with the Daily Star even claiming he had completed a medical with the club.

Last night it emerged he had decided to sign for West Ham instead, a move which would have the potential to upset relations between Leeds and Everton moving forwards, but it appears far from the case.

Leeds chairman Massimo Cellino told The Guardian that the two clubs remain very much cordial, with the reasons for the U-turn placed firmly with Byram.

He said: "I’m really sorry for Everton because they really acted like gentlemen, but Sam chose West Ham."

By publicly complimenting the club for their professionalism, Cellino has at least left the door open for Leeds to sign McGeady if the winger can be convinced to sign up.

That may take some doing with the Whites a lowly 17th in the Championship, but the prospect of first team football ahead of Euro 2016 is reason for the Irish winger to consider his options regardless of whether his Everton wages can be matched or not.

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