Newcastle have been linked with Leeds United right-back Sam Byram for over a year now, and the 21 year-old seems to be in demand this summer with Liverpool and Sunderland also interested in the youngster, who over the last three seasons has played 119 times for Leeds with 7 goals and 14 assists.
Sam Byram – Leeds United 21 year-old right back
The fee quoted has always been high for the young Englishman – it was said to be £8M last summer and is the same this year, with all three clubs unwilling to pay that amount for a player who is untested at the highest level.
Sam plays in the style of Real Madrid and former Tottenham winger Gareth Bale and is comfortable playing at full back or out on the wing.
The latest news today is that Sunderland are preparing a £5M bid for the youngster.
Newcastle are solid at left-back with both Haidara Massadio and Paul Dummett fighting for that position, and Paul can also play at right back as backup to Daryl Janmaat – so it remains to be seen if Newcastle will be looking to bring in a right-back this summer.
It wouldn’t seem to be a priority, but Newcastle also have to increase the size of their squad, as well as the quality- if we are to avoid a relegation fight next season.
This year saw the small squad decimated by both injury and suspensions, and at times there were only 15 first team players available for selection to interim head coach John Carver.
£5M would seem to be a reasonable price for the 6 ft tall Sam Byram, and he’s English and Newcastle will be trying to bring in more British players this summer.
What do you think?