There are unconfirmed reports (via local BBC source) that Leeds have accepted a bid from Everton for Sam Byram.

Adam Pope, Sports broadcaster for BBC tweeted;

Ian Atkins, who heads up Everton’s European scouting network, attended Portman Road on Tuesday night to assess Byram as manager Roberto Martinez stepped up his interest in the 22-year-old.

Everton have long been linked with Byram, who is likely to leave Elland Road this month, and Atkins’s presence at Ipswich indicated that Martinez remains intent on securing Byram’s signature before the January transfer window closes.

Leeds have received approaches for Byram, who turned down the offer of a new deal before Christmas and is out of contract at the end of this season, and the club are ready to sell their former player of the year if his valuation is met.

West Ham United are also keenly interested in him but Byram is understood to favour the idea of a move to Goodison Park and Martinez is currently short of options at right-back after losing Seamus Coleman to a calf injury.

Everton have long been linked with Byram, who is likely to leave Elland Road this month, and Atkins’s presence at Ipswich indicated that Martinez remains intent on securing Byram’s signature before the January transfer window closes.

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