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Done deal: New Leeds signing spotted at Elland Road with announcement expected – report MOT Leeds News

The outlet reported on its website Friday (4 August) that the defender is expected to “complete media obligations” ahead of being unveiled as a permanent member of the Whites squad.

According to a combination of “sources and eyewitnesses” Byram, 29, is mooted to become the third signing of the transfer window after Ethan Ampadu from Chelsea and Karl Darlow from Newcastle.

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The former Leeds United academy product played under Daniel Farke at Norwich City and has been training with the Whites, as well as featuring in preseason friendlies.

The Yorkshire Evening Post reported (3 August) that Byram would need to be registered by Friday in order to be available for the Championship opener against Cardiff City at Elland Road on Sunday (6 August).

Incoming

It was always the logical outcome once Byram started to actually feature for Leeds United during the preseason that he would be added to squad at least on a short-term basis.

Farke’s incoming transfer business has been hampered by a combination of the late confirmation of his appointment and the 49ers takeover, and the fact that outgoing players have nearly all been on loan and so have not generated transfer fees.

With left-back an ongoing problem position at Elland Road, with Junior Firpo expected to leave but so far still a Whites player and Leo Hjelde relatively unproven, Byram’s versatility will be useful.

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Having apparently proven his fitness to a sufficient degree he should be able to cover both full-back spots and potentially fill in as a centre-back.

Max Wober’s late loan exit, on top of similar moves for Robin Koch, Rasmus Kristensen and Diego Llorente, has left the defence looking light, and with an offer apparently materialising for captain Liam Cooper to go to Saudi Arabia there is scope for it to become even more sparse.

But if Byram was at the stadium on Friday he may even be in line to feature in the season opener if the club managed to get the necessary paperwork through in time

 

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