Everton, Liverpool set to be gazumped for wonderkid wideman

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Premier League heavyweights Everton and Liverpool are set to miss out on Leeds United wonderkid Sam Byram, as West Ham United appear to have nabbed the youngster.

The Sun reported recently that Jurgen Klopp’s Reds had been scouting the full-back, with the Leeds prodigy being eyed as both a quick fix for the Anfield giants’ defensive problems and a long-term investment for the future.

However, any hopes Liverpool had of signing Byram were dented by Everton, with the Toffees also understood to be keen on the youngster’s services.

Indeed, as noted by The Guardian, Everton agreed a £3.7 million deal with the Fallen Giants of English football last week, with the 22-year-old having discussed the ins and outs of a move, and gone through the details of personal terms with Roberto Martinez.

However, the Toffees—whose own defensive record has left a lot to be desired this term—are set to miss out on the player themselves.

Indeed, according to the broadsheet, Slaven Bilic appears to have tempted the wideman to West Ham with the prospect of immediate first-team football, something that Everton—considering the presence of Sheamus Coleman—were not in a position to offer.

“I’m really sorry for Everton because they really acted like gentlemen,” Leeds owner Massimo Cellino told The Guardian, “but Sam chose West Ham.”

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