Many thought that the Everton deal to sign Leeds United right-sided utility youngster Sam Byram was a done deal, both sides having agreed a £3.7m fee for the 22-year-old who is out of contract with the Whites in the summer.
However, a cryptic tweet (below) from West Ham owner David Sullivan’s son seemed to throw a doubt-sized spanner into the works – the wording tantalising and teasing but interpreted as to meaning that Sam Byram was on his way to Upton Park.
This has been picked up on by many but the website London24Sport say that the Hammers have chiselled away at Everton’s bid and “are set to sign Sam Byram from Leeds United on Tuesday for around £3.5million plus add-ons.” There had been talk when West Ham interest first emerged that the ‘add-ons’ might actually also include ‘sweeteners’ such as two unnamed players to Leeds United, as suggested by The Express.
The article also goes on to point out that the “impressive right sided winger” had been in talks with Merseysiders Everton over the weekend and had returned to Thorp Arch to train with Leeds after speaking to West Ham co-owner David Sullivan on Sunday. London24Sport also say that Byram, being born in Thurrock, Essex and having family both there and in south east London, “favoured the switch back down south over a move to Merseyside.”
London24Sport are of the opinion that Byram’s signing on the dotted line as a Hammer should mean that he is “ready to play before West Ham face Manchester City on Saturday evening,” with The Express supporting this view saying that, “West Ham have offered Byram, 22, an immediate first team chance.”
Byram has made 22 appearances for Leeds United so far this season, including six as substitute, scoring three goals and laying on one assist.