Sunderland target Sam Byram insists he is focused on Leeds success

Sunderland target Sam Byram (left) in action for Leeds United
Sunderland target Sam Byram (left) in action for Leeds United
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Sunderland target Sam Byram insists he is fully focused on the season ahead - at Leeds United.

Byram, who has a year left on his Elland Road contract, is a summer transfer target for Sunderland head coach Dick Advocaat.

But the Dutchman is facing a fight to bring Byram to the Stadium of Light and the versatile defender is keeping his focus firmly on Leeds.

The 21-year-old is capable of playing right-back and on the right wing and is highly-rated after his impressive form for the Championship side.

Sunderland - who also want to bring Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson in on loan - are among several top-flight clubs monitoring his progress.

But Byram told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “I’ve had chance to get away and go on a few holidays – it’s nice to have a breather and get some sun after the season but I’m back now and ready to work towards pre-season.

“I’ve been doing runs and trying to keep fit in the days I’ve been back in the country.

“I’ve managed to keep myself in shape where I can build from here.

“I haven’t met Uwe Rosler yet, so I’m looking forward to getting back to pre-season and trying to impress him throughout the month.

“There’s new staff that have come in as well, so I’m looking forward to getting back in and meeting all the new players as well.

“It shows that the club are making moves in the right direction.

“They’re bringing people in that have got experience and young players to add to the squad. These are all good things.”

The Leeds players return to pre-season training next Monday under new head coach Uwe Rosler.

Byram is showing no signs of being distracted by the ongoing transfer speculation.

He added: “As a team, we’ve got to look towards getting promotion. That’s the main focus.

“From a personal point of view, I want to keep trying to improve and play as many games as I can.”