Report: Newcastle United were interested in Sam Byram, but shirked after enquiry

Sam Byram

West Ham United eventually snapped up the Leeds United player.

Leeds United lost one of their top young talents this month with Sam Byram finalising a long protracted move to West Ham United.

The right-back, who has played most of his recent football from the wing, was out of contract in the summer and decided to take the Premier League plunge now - with Leeds cashing in rather than risk a compensation fee at tribunal.

Prior to heading to West Ham he was linked with an abundance of other Premier League clubs - including the likes of Everton and Newcastle United.

A report yesterday has now highlighted the level of Newcastle's interest.

The Chronicle is reporting that the Newcastle recruitment board recommended a deal be brokered for Byram but that no bid was ever made. The Premier League club made initial enquiries but then decided they would not be following up with a bid.

This is no consolation to Leeds fans, who still lost one of their star players. Newcastle United in the meanwhile have made some great moves this month - with Jonjo Shelvey, Henri Saivet and Andros Townsend all arriving.

They will hope however that they do not end up regretting deciding not to make a move for the player.

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