Everton edge ahead of local rivals Liverpool in race for Championship prodigy

According to reports from The Express, Everton have moved ahead of Merseyside rivals Liverpool in the race to sign Leeds United defender Sam Byram. 

Often compared in style to the Toffees Seamus Coleman, Byram can operate as a full-back or a winger and is widely regarded as one of the Championship’s most exciting home-grown products.

The 22-year-old has already registered 139 competitive appearances for Leeds – including 127 in the Championship – but looks set to leave Elland Road this month after rejecting the opportunity to extend his contract past the end of the season.

Liverpool were reported to be closing in on a deal for Byram last month but citing The Daily Mail, The Express now claim Everton are leading the race for his signature as they prepare to launch a £3million bid.

Leeds owner Massimo Cellino reportedly rates the Essex-born prodigy at in excess of £5million, but may have to settle for less due to Byram’s contract situation.