The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

SAM Byram looks set for the El­land Road exit door but Steve Evans ad­mit­ted the full-back would be go­ing nowhere if he’d have had his way.

The 22-year-old’s con­tract is due to ex­pire this sum­mer and he has re­buffed sev­eral con­tract of­fers from Leeds.

Ever­ton are favourites to snap him up for £4m but face com­pe­ti­tion from West Ham and New­cas­tle.

But Evans, who was ap­pointed head coach at Leeds in Novem­ber, in­sists that Byram would be un­der lock and key if he’d ar­rived at the club ear­lier.

“It’s easy to say but if I had been head coach in the sum­mer then Sam would have signed a new deal,” Evans said.

“I tried as best I could to get peo­ple back around the ta­ble but I have to ac­cept that the bridge had bro­ken down a lit­tle bit.”

And Evans has sworn that Leeds will not be put in the same po­si­tion again as long as he’s in charge.

“For as long as I am the head coach here, we will be do­ing ev­ery­thing we can to make sure this po­si­tion doesn’t hap­pen again,” he con­tin­ued.

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