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Report: Sam Byram left Leeds United due to Massimo Cellino criticism

Leeds United's Sam Byram is expected to complete a move to West Ham United in the coming days.

According to the Daily Star, Sam Byram made his mind up to leave Leeds United when Massimo Cellino publicly criticised him.

Cellino went on record to make disparaging remarks about the right-back, when he refused a new contract in September.

It was apparently at that moment that Byram decided that he would not commit his future to Leeds, and that a move would be best for him.

Byram has remained at Elland Road until now, but he is expected to depart in the coming days, with West Ham United leading the race for his signature.

The Hammers have beaten competition from Everton to land the talented 22-year-old, and he looks likely to become Slaven Bilic’s side’s first January signing.

The Star also suggest that Leeds have lost out on a sizeable amount of cash, due to Byram leaving now.

The Whites could have received a £6 million fee from Southampton for the youngster in the summer, but they rejected all offers in an attempt to keep Byram at Elland Road, and have now paid the price.

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