Sunderland AFC news: Leeds and West Ham defenders linked, midfielder on possible Arsenal move

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Sunderland have again been linked with a move for unsettled Leeds United full-back Sam Byram.

The 22-year-old has been on Sunderland's radar for each of the last two summers, but his lofty price-tag proved a barrier towards moving to the Stadium of Light.

Byram has rejected Leeds' offer of new contract, with his current deal due to expire next summer - sparking reports that Sunderland could revive their interest in the defender.

Leeds would be owed compensation at the end of the season if Byram departs, yet boss Steve Evans says he will recommend offloading him in January if there is no resolution over the contract situation.

Evans said: “I’ll make it clear when we get to January that if he doesn’t want to commit his future, I don’t want him around."

Byram is not the only defender that Sunderland have again been linked to, with fresh speculation over Sam Allardyce being reunited with West Ham centre-halves James Tomkins and James Collins.

The latter looks more likely, with the Hammers mooted to be looking for a fee around the £10million mark for Tomkins.

Meanwhile, one player Allardyce will want to keep at the Stadium of Light is on-loan Ruben Kazan midfielder Yann M'Vila.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger revealed on Saturday that he was eager to sign M'Vila when he was an emerging talent at French side Rennes.

But M'Vila - who has a clause in his loan deal to join Sunderland permanently - has laughed off those comments. Read the full story here.