Liverpool chasing Leeds winger dubbed ‘next Gareth Bale’

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Liverpool are inquiring over a potential £8 million deal for Leeds United wing-back Sam Byram, who has been dubbed ‘the next Gareth Bale’ by the Daily Star.

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The Star say the club have sent scouts to watch the 21-year-old over six times (so is that seven occasions then…?) and that the boss himself even went to run the rule over the youngster himself in March.

Given the 3-4-2-1 formation that Rodgers has employed in recent fixtures, the versatile Byram ought to be a good fit.

Whilst he is primarily a right-back by trade, Byram has the ability to fill in further up the field when needed, and so in a similar mould to Alberto Moreno could theoretically slot straight into the current system as a wing back.

To sign the Leeds man we’d have to fight off interest from a number of clubs including Southampton and Sunderland.

Ronald Koeman even bid £4.5 million for Byram in the summer, claim the Star, but Saints’ offer was rebuffed by the Yorkshire club. If Southampton are chasing a

If there are a number of clubs involved a bidding war could potentially erupt and quickly inflate his price so a deal is best completed as quickly as possible.

The Star think a £10 million fee is what controversial Leeds president Massimo Cellino wants for the 21-year-old but believe he is willing to negotiate this down to get Liverpool’s cash.

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