It seems that Newcastle are serious about trying to get Sam Byram to Newcastle this summer, with the 21 year-old right-sided player having just one year left on his contract at Leeds United, and there was breaking news yesterday that Newcastle were interested.
Additional reports today are that assistant coach Ian Cathro, who seems to be concentrating on defense, and Chief Scout Graham Carr were at Elland Road on Saturday watching the 21-year-old play in the 1-1 draw with Burnley.
Sam Byram – Newcastle to bid £4M for versatile player
Steve McClaren is said to want a player who can deputize for Daryl Janmaat at right back, but Sam is versatile and was playing forward on the right hand side Saturday – so he could be thought of as a replacement for 30 year-old Ryan Taylor, who is now at Hull City.
Newcastle have been watching Byram for almost three years now according to our records, and an advantage for Newcastle is that his contract at Leeds runs out next summer.
Presumably Newcastle could make a move for him this summer, or even in January when he will be even cheaper.
From what Steve McClaren has said, it seems that Newcastle plan to do things in the January transfer window, and if we don’t sign Byram in the summer he could become a January target or even a target next summer when he would become a free agent.
It looks like Sam wants to move away from Leeds and the contract talks with him went nowhere and in fact broke down earlier this year, so the news in the Northern Echo is that Newcastle are looking to go in with a £4M offer for the 6ft tall youngster.
Even if he becomes a free agent next summer with Sam being under 24, Leeds would still be entitled to some compensation, so it looks like Newcastle will push for the deal this summer.
Sam has played a lot of games for Leeds – 120 appearances with 7 goals and 11 assists – since making his debut in 2012.
The outspoken Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino may want to cash in now, on a player he is likely to lose next summer – and maybe £4M would do it, but there will be other clubs interested in taking Sam at that price.
Sam is a good young player and especially at £4M he would be an excellent signing for Newcastle.
What do you think?