Newcastle have yet again been linked with a move for defender Sam Byram.

The twenty one year old right-back has established him at Leeds United over the last couple of years, playing over one hundred matches already for the Yorkshire club.

This past season saw him appear 39 times in the Championship and scored three goals.

Newcastle were first linked with the defender in the lead up to the League Cup clash between the two clubs back in 2013, with reports back then that Alan Pardew was interested and United were monitoring his progress.

The latest press claim has come from the Mail, the newspaper claiming Sunderland are prepared to offer £5m for Byram but Leeds allegedly want £8m. They also say that Newcastle have maintained their interest and could look to outbid the mackems, though Liverpool are yet another club credited with an interest.

It seems to be a recurring theme that sees Newcastle time and again linked with the same players, Andy Carroll maybe one of the most popular repetitive stories for the press, the former NUFC striker linked with United in the past few days.

Whether Sam Byram is a more credible story remains to be seen, with the local north east press recently keen to talk up a change in polic at St James’ Park towards targeting young British players, as opposed to looking overseas.

Back in October, Newcastle scouts were reported once again to be monitoring Sam Byram’s progress, including watching him play at Carrow Road, when Leeds managed a 1-1 draw with the eventual play-off winners.

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