Liverpool interested in the versatile youngster

Liverpool are reportedly joined the race to sign Everton target Sam Byram after the defender refused to extend his contract with Leeds United, Daily Star reports.

Byram, 22, whose current contract with the Championship outfit will expire at the end of the current season, is expected to value around the £5million region.

Leeds United could now be looking forward to cash in on his services during the January transfer window to avoid losing him on a free transfer in the summer.

Leeds manager Steve Evans will be hoping Byram agrees to the new terms to remain at the West Yorkshire, but with interest from various Premier League clubs including Sunderland, he is likely to lose his star asset.

“It will be up to the football club of course as to whether they could agree something with another club to do that,” he said.

“But I’m still an optimist, I always have been an optimist in my life and I’m hopeful that Sam will want to stay at Leeds United.”

The right-back has scored three goals in 13 starts this term.