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Newcastle To Make £4M Offer For Defender

8:10 am, Wednesday, August 12th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 13 Comments

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.

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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?

Comments welcome.

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13 responses so far ↓

  • 1 John Tudor // Aug 12, 2015 at 8:19 AM

    giant centre back two footed beast now

  • 2 sparky55 // Aug 12, 2015 at 8:26 AM

    I’ve just spoken to my nephew who is also at leeds and the word on the street is he’s definitely leaving in this window but there’s three premiership clubs in for him

  • 3 ShirebrookToon // Aug 12, 2015 at 8:34 AM

    How longs it going to take us to sign this lad then? window closes soon Penfold. Hurry Up and sign him!

  • 4 TheToonKing // Aug 12, 2015 at 8:36 AM

    for 4 mil, yes please. the 8 quoted before I thought is too much for a bench player, but at 4 , with the potential and experience he already has. get him in.

  • 5 hibbit // Aug 12, 2015 at 8:37 AM

    there just might be something in this …we are looking at vesttergaard leeds want willo we want byram could the pieces of the jigsaw be coming together i wonder

  • 6 Bambams // Aug 12, 2015 at 8:43 AM

    Sparky 55. ..

    Keep us posted fella.

    Hope you are well mate

  • 7 LeedsBornBred // Aug 12, 2015 at 8:58 AM

    Hi Lads, just thought I’d join to give you the lowdown as it were. Several more successful clubs have been after Sam Byram for years and HE has turned them down… especially after the Tottenham game where he kept Bale quiet. He’s openly said he sees his future at Leeds and why not he’s just one of four others that have just come through… All depends what Cellino thinks but he does love him and we now make money so no need to sell… really can’t see it for a number of reasons.. if he did go it will be for a more ambitious club like Liverpool, Citeh, Arsenal etc… latest article here…

  • 8 one fine day // Aug 12, 2015 at 9:09 AM

    4 mil?
    Tell we will give them 5 if they will take willo of our hands:)

  • 9 lesh // Aug 12, 2015 at 9:20 AM


    If there are three Prem clubs in for the lad and we’re sticking at £4m we can forget him.

    Add Willo to the £4m and we might get somewhere – or then again, maybe not.

  • 10 banjax // Aug 12, 2015 at 9:28 AM

    Charlie Austin, if we do sign him, is looking like a January 2016 pre-contract now especially with Sir Les sticking to his guns. The risk for us is that another club nips in and takes him at the the death for less money and that would be a downer. £15m is too high for someone into the last year of their contact but £8m and no higher Is a fair price for Austin considering he can walk away or buy out the rest of his contract in January with our help of course.

  • 11 Sav // Aug 12, 2015 at 11:01 AM

    Mbemba into defensive midfield and buy a CB at least 6.3 who likes to mix it and can play the ball. It has to be addressed before anything else. Until then we are going to be very vulnerable.

  • 12 WLtoon // Aug 12, 2015 at 11:46 AM

    Why do some fans think we are in for Austin.
    Only last wk Mclaren said we hav,nt made a single bid.
    He is too much like Mitrovic to play them both in the same team anyway.
    Forget about Austin, aCB is far more needy atm.
    it does,nt make how many attacking players we have ,or how much pace we,ve got in the side, if we dont get a decent CB in this window,all the hard work will count for nothing.
    The proof was there for all to see on sunday.

  • 13 dneville // Aug 12, 2015 at 5:18 PM

    Agreed. Mbemba to DM and big nasty CB. I like Shawcross, he has experience in the PL and he is a nasty nasty player. Big, strong. I kind of also liked Caulker.

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