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Reports broke with Leeds-based BBC journalist Adam Pope today that an offer for the 22-year-old, long linked with a move to Goodison, had met the asking price but that no deal has yet been finalised.
Leeds layer confirmed the acceptance of the bid which could be worth up to £5m once appearance-related add-ons are factored in. Formal talks with the player's representatives are planned for this Sunday.
Everton's head of recruitment, Ian Atkins, was apparently at Portman Road to watch Leeds play Ipswich Town earlier this week and scout Byram for a final time before a firm bid was lodged.
West Ham United were also seriously interested in Byram – there are reports that the Hammers have matched the Toffees' bid – but according to The Mirror the Essex-born player apparently favours a move to Goodison Park.
Byram, who has already made 143 appearances for the Peacocks but rejected a new contract to stay at Elland Road on his existing wages, would be able to leave as a free agent at the end of this season, although Leeds would be due compensation from his next club due to the fact that he is under the age of 24.
Leeds manager, Steve Evans
With his situation at Leeds coming to a head, Sky Sports spoke with their current boss Steve Evans this month and he had glowing things to say about a player who he said was destined to play in the Premier League.
"Four Premier League managers have asked me about him, mostly about his character and what he's like off the pitch," Evans said. "I couldn't have given them more glowing references than I already have. He really is such a fantastic young professional.
"He's first in the building and he's the last out. On days off, he comes in and he makes sure his recovery is right. He's always with the staff stretching and being prepared for training and when he trains, he trains with real intensity and real quality so I'm not surprised that people want to take him.
"From the first minute we watched him train, me and my staff hadn't seen him at that close quarters before and we immediately saw what a gifted young lad he is.
"He can pick a pass, he can score a goal, he can take balls in difficult areas. His passing with both feet is technically very good, and his awareness of the game around him and his game management is, for such a young age, outstanding. He is going to play in the Premier League."
Byram's former manager, Brian McDermott, meanwhile, is under no illusions about what his most natural position is.
"You've got to give him a chance because he's still quite inexperienced," sad McDermott who oversaw Byram at Elland Road for a year and a half. "It's hard for him because he's playing right-wing or wherever he's playing and he's a right-back. He wants to be a right-back and he needs to be judged as a right-back because he's not a right-winger."
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1 Posted 14/01/2016 at 18:39:35
2 Posted 14/01/2016 at 18:51:09
3 Posted 14/01/2016 at 19:06:52
Very good signing at £3m.
4 Posted 14/01/2016 at 19:08:14
Stones may well move on soon but stocks are looking good!
5 Posted 14/01/2016 at 19:09:52
He should be ready to go straight away.
6 Posted 14/01/2016 at 19:13:32
7 Posted 14/01/2016 at 19:17:05
8 Posted 14/01/2016 at 19:20:08
I understand we must plan for the future, but surely we have more pressing issues. Coleman is good for another 5 years!
10 Posted 14/01/2016 at 19:23:17
11 Posted 14/01/2016 at 19:33:21
ItÃƒÂ¢Ã‚â‚¬Ã‚â„¢s only a matter of time before these players really click and all other clubs will envy what we have done. I think it's fantastic and very optimistic that we will be in for a very exciting future.
12 Posted 14/01/2016 at 19:36:06
Building a great young squad, in a short space of time, and also at a time when The Premier Lge has never been so poor. If you could start to get your system right, then anything is possible Roberto. because for the first time in a long time, their really is no standout team in England right now.
13 Posted 14/01/2016 at 19:39:52
14 Posted 14/01/2016 at 19:42:35
Got the boy we have wanted for ages!! RM is giving himself a real selection headache very soon!
15 Posted 14/01/2016 at 19:48:42
16 Posted 14/01/2016 at 19:57:37
I've rated this lad since he first emerged about 3 years ago. At that time the critics and newspapers were coming up with fees around £12M so I'm very happy we've got him for a relatively modest fee. Especially for a player who can also play on the wing.
I really think we're only a couple of players away from being a team that could win something. Buy Yarmolenko this window and give the fans and players the belief we can win the League Cup and move up the table.
17 Posted 14/01/2016 at 19:58:06
18 Posted 14/01/2016 at 20:01:19
Still a way to go on this, I think.
19 Posted 14/01/2016 at 20:23:57
20 Posted 14/01/2016 at 20:27:57
21 Posted 14/01/2016 at 20:33:51
22 Posted 14/01/2016 at 20:35:01
Sure someone who has the time can make a list of the no-marks who've gone for many times that in the last transfer window.
Versatile too and scores goals.
He's been one of the if not the best players at Leeds for some time.
Goalkeeper, left winger and striker more important, but too cheap to say no as far as Byram is concerned.
Very good piece of business. We're on the verge of something special here if this sort of youthful recruitment keeps up and Martinez can get keep them all, get them organised, motivated and to start collectively believing in themselves.
23 Posted 14/01/2016 at 20:37:40
24 Posted 14/01/2016 at 20:39:45
25 Posted 14/01/2016 at 20:40:30
26 Posted 14/01/2016 at 20:47:44
27 Posted 14/01/2016 at 20:50:19
28 Posted 14/01/2016 at 20:58:17
30 Posted 14/01/2016 at 21:02:32
Have you seen our recent performances against Man City home and away and Tottenham at Goodison? It looked like the back-four were pretty well-drilled and everybody knew their jobs. Not for me aesthetically pleasing on the eye, but at least we look a little more solid at the back if a little more ponderous going forward.
If the manager is to be blamed when the team is leaking goals, surely it is only right he should be credited when that defence starts to look impregnable?
31 Posted 14/01/2016 at 21:02:42
32 Posted 14/01/2016 at 21:08:36
"Why can't we do things on the quiet until the photo shoot in the shirt anymore? I'll tell you why agents."
I guess you're right, Joe. And of course, to the extent that the club does keep things quiet, people complain that we're not doing anything. Can't win.
33 Posted 14/01/2016 at 21:15:52
34 Posted 14/01/2016 at 21:21:59
I like Seamus but the lad Byram will be serious competition and that itself can only be good for Coleman and Everton.
I want two good players in every position at my club!
35 Posted 14/01/2016 at 21:31:51
36 Posted 14/01/2016 at 21:31:58
Going forward if we are targeting European qualification and the extra games that entails; we need quality back-up in each position on the pitch.
37 Posted 14/01/2016 at 21:39:54
38 Posted 14/01/2016 at 21:42:14
Seamus has been fantastic over the last few years but he does seem to be going just a tiny bit stale recently. He's at the age where his valuation will soon start to decline more rapidly and if Byram proves to be as good as we hope then maybe Roberto could consider cashing in on Seamus.
39 Posted 14/01/2016 at 21:43:27
40 Posted 14/01/2016 at 21:44:40
It's also great that the lad knows Seamus is the incumbent but still wants to come. Shows a lot of self belief.
It would be superb if we could get Yarmolenko in as well. But sadly I can't see that one happening. The Kiev president is too eccentric and the player himself apparently sees himself at 'a big club'.
And as an aside - well in Tim Howard. Life in the old dog yet?
41 Posted 14/01/2016 at 21:48:23
43 Posted 14/01/2016 at 21:59:43
44 Posted 14/01/2016 at 22:07:35
Sorts out one of the weak positions (cover for Seamus) and the lad's versatility will help us too.
45 Posted 14/01/2016 at 22:11:51
There's a rumour circulating West Ham are trying to gazump us with a players plus cash deal! Hopefully it's bollocks and it's all done and dusted tommorrow!
46 Posted 14/01/2016 at 22:12:10
47 Posted 14/01/2016 at 22:16:22
48 Posted 14/01/2016 at 22:17:55
49 Posted 14/01/2016 at 22:19:29
50 Posted 14/01/2016 at 22:27:23
It can only be a positive move getting young talent in, only January as well. Got to give RM credit for his no-nonsense transfer dealings, if it happens.
51 Posted 14/01/2016 at 22:29:20
Lukaku was not a top four player when we signed him, same with Stones. This lad is a good footballer and 'if' we sign him, he'll be a great addition to the squad. We won't know how he will adapt or whether he'll make it, but he's definitely worth a punt.
We have far too many proven 'not top 4' quality players in the squad as witnessed just last night with Osman, Pienaar and Kone playing.
52 Posted 14/01/2016 at 22:36:59
53 Posted 14/01/2016 at 22:38:59
Whilst Stones can play full back, I would prefer him in the centre especially as Jags also has injury problems and is getting up in age.
55 Posted 14/01/2016 at 22:52:06
56 Posted 14/01/2016 at 22:57:16
It would be unfair to throw him straight into the team on Saturday without the opportunity of a full training session with his new team mates.
57 Posted 14/01/2016 at 23:03:52
58 Posted 14/01/2016 at 23:04:52
With Howard getting rave reviews last night, it would seem unlikely that we shall see Robles in the near future. Martinez now has a wealth of players to choose from in every position other than up front.
59 Posted 14/01/2016 at 23:17:07
We are accumulating a fine crop of young talent. Next season is going to be a defining one for Everton FC.
60 Posted 14/01/2016 at 23:20:49
Wonder what the transfer ban on Real Madrid for the next two windows (IF upheld) will do to the rumours of Stones being a target for them? Maybe he stays put. Move Stones to midfield with Besic, or teach him to defend as a center back, and along with this kid, Mori, Galloway, Garbutt, and Browning, the future defense looks good post Baines, Jags, and Coleman.
If Everton can get a striker in January then the only needs to be addressed in summer are a left-sided midfield/winger, a third striker, and Howard's future replacement as the No. 1 keeper. Wonder how much Udinese would want for either Meret or Scuffet? Perin would be good at 23 and is in the Italian National side but is valued at over 17 million Euros. Maybe get one in now before Roma locks up Scuffet.
61 Posted 14/01/2016 at 23:22:41
We were having a discussion about Martinez's transfer dealings in the ale house the other night. If he sold all the players he has bought tomorrow, would he get back the £78M he spent on them?
We'd easily get £45-50M for Lukaku, but to the outside world Besic has only played three good games, would that be enough to tempt somebody into paying a fortune?
62 Posted 14/01/2016 at 23:37:30
63 Posted 14/01/2016 at 00:09:20
As for Bryam, excellent signing if this happens, Seamus will have to up his game which I'm certain he will.
64 Posted 15/01/2016 at 01:05:55
65 Posted 15/01/2016 at 02:13:10
66 Posted 15/01/2016 at 02:24:16
1. Byram wanted to go to Everton. Talented youngsters want to play there. It feels really good when other players want to play for your team. How many times have we read this in the past year? Many.
2. As others have said. Give him some time: "You've got to give him a chance because he's still quite inexperienced," sad McDermott who oversaw Byram at Elland Road for a year and a half.
68 Posted 15/01/2016 at 03:54:29
Ivanovic's future at Chelsea is far from secure and he has long been linked with Chelski.
This lad Byram is a ready to go player, which makes a welcome change to the defensive reinforcements RM has brought in previously. He has bags of experience in the Championship and will be well equipped/prepared for Premier League football.
Since RM's first season what exactly has Seamus contributed that wouldn't mean a bid of say £20m wouldnt be attractive? This is typical of Everton's business model.
On the back of the Euros and in his supposed prime Seamus's value will peak in the summer, move him on, push Byram in and allow Browning, Pennington and Holgate to compete to cover.
As for poor Hibbo, we haven't had a better all out defender at the club since Dave Watson, so get him in alongside Unsworth to help coach some of these exciting defensive prospects we have at the club currently.
69 Posted 15/01/2016 at 04:23:08
70 Posted 15/01/2016 at 05:15:44
71 Posted 15/01/2016 at 05:18:39
What Roberto is building at Everton is simply "phenomenal". He's creating one hell of a footballing and economic model. Young and talented players who's ROI is simply off the charts percentage wise.
He may get some footballing, in-game things wrong but I'm squarely behind this man as his plan for Everton is superb.
74 Posted 15/01/2016 at 06:16:49
What I really admire about Everton's style in buying player's is their respect for player's at other clubs. You never hear the talk about any other team's players at all. They also quietly monitor players, if necessary for quite some time, and the loan and see mentality works well, Barry, Deulofeu, Lukaku, Pienaar etc.
Nothing needs to be said about their invest in youth policy which is up there with the best in the country, if not the best.
Well done Roberto and the team behind the scenes.
75 Posted 15/01/2016 at 06:50:56
76 Posted 15/01/2016 at 09:44:21
Great signing, but no way will he be coming to sit on the bench as Coleman's cover. He has been playing week-in & week-out in front of passionate Leeds fans in a bloody tough league. He's coming believing that he can force his way into the first team.
Buying a young player with considerable experience and potential will likely see Coleman moving on within the next 18 months.
77 Posted 15/01/2016 at 10:09:50
78 Posted 15/01/2016 at 10:33:39
My guess is that he'll get close to that figure with a few provisos.
Lukaku will go in the next couple of years, hopefully for two thirds of your figure. The rest of it is wrapped up in ifs. Will Galloway and Besic develop? If so, sales with outstrip fees paid. Will Funes Mori build on his good start in England? If so, his value will increase.
Seems to me Martinez makes two types of signings: the short-term quick-fix (Barry, Kone, McGeady, Atsu, Lennon, out of which Barry and has been the only success) and the ones for the future (Lukaku, Robles, McCarthy, Besic, Deulofeu, Galloway, Funes Mori, Holgate).
The second group is the one where we'll make any profit, so only time will tell with them. Hopefully we'll also buy more players for right now, which will increase your £78m considerably.
The other question is whether we should be aiming to make a profit on player deals? Makes good business sense to me, but how many of the clubs above us do this regularly?
Meanwhile, our 'directors' will be happy, knowing that they got £32m back for Fellaini and Anichebe and are sitting on a potential windfall for Lukaku and Stones.
79 Posted 15/01/2016 at 10:35:48
80 Posted 15/01/2016 at 10:55:17
81 Posted 15/01/2016 at 11:42:30
Get him signed we don't want to lose this player.
82 Posted 15/01/2016 at 12:01:05
83 Posted 15/01/2016 at 12:07:42
85 Posted 15/01/2016 at 13:10:06
86 Posted 15/01/2016 at 13:25:37
87 Posted 15/01/2016 at 13:31:36
"He's first in the building and he's the last out. On days off, he comes in and he makes sure his recovery is right. He's always with the staff stretching and being prepared for training and when he trains, he trains with real intensity and real quality so I'm not surprised that people want to take him."
The story goes on about this.
88 Posted 15/01/2016 at 13:53:11
89 Posted 15/01/2016 at 13:54:37
90 Posted 15/01/2016 at 14:31:11
91 Posted 15/01/2016 at 14:43:06
I also don't believe that Yarmolenko will come to us. For the reason that we can afford him.
Why are we always broke?
92 Posted 15/01/2016 at 14:50:59
93 Posted 15/01/2016 at 15:17:09
95 Posted 15/01/2016 at 16:57:35
We seem to be masters at identifying players and then watching on as others take the initiative and steal the player from under our noses. Even if it means paying a little extra to get the deal done quicker it is worth it. The Yarmolenko deal is a great example of this.
The whole world knows we have wanted him for about a year now. We are trying to haggle over his price instead of just paying what their chairman wants.
I know it sounds a bit blasé but we may save about £2 or 3 million if we're lucky. Just pay the full amount before somebody else does!
96 Posted 15/01/2016 at 17:22:32
97 Posted 15/01/2016 at 18:01:24
I doubt Leeds would want that to happen. Also it would be considered poor form and bad business practise to mess clubs around this way and just get the selling club a bad reputation.
We have to accept the fact that these days deals don't happen overnight. Lots of people want a piece of the pie and until everyone is happy we will just have to wait.
If he does eventually sign for another club, then they must have offered him a better deal than we did. Such is life. We don't break our wage structure just to get another player.
98 Posted 15/01/2016 at 18:06:39
This young and talented team needs one more year to gel. Hope we get it.
Glad to see everyone has a positive attitude.
99 Posted 15/01/2016 at 19:07:56
100 Posted 15/01/2016 at 19:10:35
101 Posted 15/01/2016 at 20:00:48
102 Posted 15/01/2016 at 20:04:06
103 Posted 15/01/2016 at 20:27:08
Why is it never straight forward, and other clubs in the mix now?
104 Posted 15/01/2016 at 20:34:39
Why blame Everton FC, how do we know from the outside what the plans were? It might be that Leeds wanted the lad to play on Saturday regardless of any deal being agreed, or the agent may have leaked it to the press to spark a bidding war.
Everton FC and its employees cannot control everything like they used to back in the day, certainly not in a 24/7 news hungry media environment. Too quickly do some supporters moan about all things Everton FC would it perhaps be better to moan when we know what has happened and not before?
105 Posted 15/01/2016 at 20:47:23
What are we waiting for I wonder? Maybe some money from the sale of Naismith?
106 Posted 15/01/2016 at 20:51:01
107 Posted 15/01/2016 at 23:07:19
That is reserved for the Champions League clubs who play 60 odd games a season. Every season.
Looks like we'll be cashing in on Seamus, which obviously makes sense financially given our outlay and his age, but I'll be sad to see him go. A real rarity these days, Coleman has been a fantastic signing for us.
Up there with Cahill and Arteta as the best value for money signings of the 'Moyes Era'.
108 Posted 15/01/2016 at 23:12:14
I should think he'll sign for us over West Ham. We've moved on a lot since the dark days of Walter Smith when we couldn't even persuade Steve Lomas to sign for us.
109 Posted 16/01/2016 at 00:12:58
110 Posted 16/01/2016 at 00:30:30
Gut feeling is that we've not offered quite enough wages to make it a dream move financially... doubled his Leeds money, I suspect, but looking at things he's not one of our seemingly endless "reserve development" buys that we often never see on the pitch for the first team. He's a proven performer at the level below us and has a lot of game experience in a tough league. There's an element of gamble, yes, but he's got to be worth what feels more than a "punt" at £4m and maybe £30k pw?
Fingers crossed it's done Saturday, not bloody Monday, by which time half the league will be in for him and all offering more wages whilst we "refuse to be blackmailed"... sigh
Alternatively, lots of worry about bugger all. He's been tapped up for months... is hidden away in the Marriott, Queens Square right now and will be ours before you can say "Will we ever do lighting-strike surprise deals ever again, like we used to about a hundred years ago?"
111 Posted 16/01/2016 at 07:11:50
I don't think any one was looking to make a profit, I think the guys were trying to gage weather Martinez has been a success with his transfer dealings.
Many were critical of the boss's signing (including me) but the Lukaku gamble seems to have paid off; while others dithered, Martinez acted. Besic seemed to be out of favour, but he too looks like he could very easily become a £20m + player.
I think it would be churlish to say all of Martinez's young signings have been gambles; there is always a gamble when you are buying potential, if it backfires he gets lambasted, he should therefore be credited for his judgement if that potential is realised and I'm happy to do so.
I was worried about his early signings (still not 100% convinced by Macca) but the second intake has been better.
For me, he is just about breaking even at the moment, but as you quite correctly point out, there is more than a hint of a chance that value of players signed will continue to rise.
Fair play to him.
112 Posted 16/01/2016 at 09:19:06
113 Posted 16/01/2016 at 09:41:58
The agent will have leaked the "bid accepted" news to alert other clubs. He alerts other clubs so he gets time to gauge the market value, including what wages he can get for his client. All part of the process we are going through.
It surprises me that people are still surprised by this. It's how it is these days.
Relax. He will come to us or he won't. I'd say he likely will. All fans can do is watch it play out, sadly.
115 Posted 16/01/2016 at 11:49:33
116 Posted 16/01/2016 at 21:40:18
117 Posted 17/01/2016 at 13:08:46
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