Newcastle ready to battle Sunderland in transfer market

Sam Byram
Sam Byram

Newcastle United are weighing up a move for Sam Byram, according to reports.

Assistant coach Ian Cathro and head scout Graham Carr watched the Leeds United defender against Burnley at the weekend, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post.

He has a manager who really believes in him, and he has a chairman (Massimo) Cellino) who really believes in him. He’s found his home.

Uwe Rosler

Byram – who is also a target for Sunderland – has a year left on his Elland Road contract.

Talks over a new deal at the Championship club have restarted with the right-back, but his future remains in the balance.

The club had previously asked the 21-year-old to agree to a pay cut.

Speaking last month, Leeds head coach Uwe Rosler said: “He’s under contract.

“He has a manager who really believes in him, and he has a chairman (Massimo) Cellino) who really believes in him. He’s found his home.

“We’re not looking to sell him. We’re looking to build a future around our young players and he’s a big important part of my way of playing and of the idea of this club going forward.”

Newcastle, meanwhile, are on the “lookout” for defensive recruits, according to head coach Steve McClaren.