Yorkshire latest: Premier League duo battle over Leeds star; Sheffield United newboy pleased with new role

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1) Sunderland and Southampton in for Byram

Sunderland and Southampton are both trying to deal a deal for Leeds United defender Sam Byram.

Saints had an offer of over £4 million rejected for Byram over the weekend and Sunderland, despite not placing a formal offer yet, are hoping to tie up a deal for the youngster in the near future.

Byram has reportedly told Leeds that he would like a Premier League move, although a transfer request has not been handed in, putting his future in doubt.

The Whites rated the 20-year-old at £8 million in January so it remains to be seen what sort of price it would take for Leeds to allow their prized asset to leave – especially after losing Ross McCormack earlier in the summer.

2) Jason Pearce admits Leeds weren’t up for it

Leeds United defender Jason Pearce, says that his Leeds team did not look up for the battle against Millwall.

The Whites lost their first league fixture of the campaign 2-0 to a Lions side who were rarely threatened throughout the match.

It was a poor display from Leeds and one which has hardly inspired confidence in new head-coach, David Hockaday.

And Pearce, the man who captained the side on Saturday, said that the performance came as a big shock for him as well as the supporters.

“We’ve worked really hard and we felt we’d come on strides with the way we were playing so this is a big shock,” he said. “We’re really disappointed as a team.

“We thought we were ready but personally I didn’t think we looked right up for it.

“I don’t think we were right as a team. They looked better than us, especially in the first half.

3) Middlesbrough still confident of Adam Clayton deal

Middlesbrough are still confident of concluding a deal for Huddersfield Town midfielder Adam Clayton.

‘Boro have been on the trail of the central-midfielder for much of the summer so far and appeared to have completed a move for him last week.

However, last minute complications – largely due to the fact Jacob Butterfield rejected a move in the other direction – put the move on hold and Mark Robins’ sacking has put the switch into further doubt.

Aitor Karanka’s men are still relaxed that they will get their man in the near future, though, and expect that the managerial change at the John Smith’s Stadium will have no effect on the transfer.

4) Craig Alcock surprised at centre-back role

Craig Alcock says that he was surprised to play at centre-back on his debut for Sheffield United.

The former Peterborough United defender has made a name for himself as a right-back at London Road, but was utilised at the heart of the Blades’ defence in his first game for his new club.

He did well, too, earning the man-of-the-match award in an ultimately disappointing 2-1 defeat to Bristol City and he said was happy to fill in a centre-back in the future.

“No, I didn’t [expect to be playing centre-back], to be fair," he said. "But it was nice to be playing.

“Harrison [McGahey, his centre-back partner] has a massive future in the game. He is strong, quick and I really enjoyed playing alongisde him. If that’s the way we go then hopefully that’ll be a good partnership.”

5) Giles Coke urges patience with Stevie May

Sheffield Wednesday’s Giles Coke says that the club’s new signing, Stevie May, needs to be given time to adapt following his move from St. Johnstone.

The striker completed his £800,000 switch to Hillsborough on Saturday and is expected to be a major hit at the Yorkshire club, but Coke, who scored the only goal in Wednesday’s 1-0 win over Brighton at the weekend, has urged the supporters to be patient.

“Everyone needs to give him time to bed in,” he said. “He’s a young boy and I’m not sure if he has ever moved away from Scotland.

“We hope he hits the ground running but we know the Championship is a hard league. I think he’s come to the right club with good supporters. We are a family club. I think he’s going to really enjoy himself.

“He’s got a great track record and hopefully he can come here and hit the ground running. We are really happy he’s joined and we can’t wait to have him involved.”

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