Everton and Sunderland are set to go head-to-head in a bid to sign Leeds United star Sam Byram next month.
The Premier League duo, who currently sit ninth and 19th in the standings respectively, have been alerted to the right wing-back’s services after the youngster turned down a new contract offer at the Championship club.
The 22-year-old; who can operate at right-back or on the right side of midfield, has played 15 league games for the Whites so far this season, helping Steve Evans’ men sit 17th in the table after their opening 19 fixtures.
Byram; who is set to cost around £8m during the forthcoming January transfer window, is desperate to play Premier League football and is thought to be pushing for a move away from Elland Road in the New Year.
Manager Evans admitted, “If Sam doesn’t want to commit his future to us then I don’t want him around because we only want players here who want to be at this football club.
“There is no point in him sitting around being a bit-part player here. He’s got too much in the locker for that.”