Nottingham Forest are still expected to land West Ham United defender Sam Byram on loan, according to The Sun journalist Alan Nixon on Twitter.

The 24-year-old emerged as a potential target for Forest earlier in the transfer window but has taken some time to complete. Nevertheless, it is still a deal that is looking likely to go through for Aitor Karanka’s side.

Byram has got plenty of Championship experience under his belt from his time at Leeds United. He joined the Whites in 2005 and rose through the youth ranks at Elland Road. He made his debut in August 2012 in a League up tie against Shrewsbury Town.

He went onto break into Leeds’ first-team and played 143 games in all competitions for them in four seasons, scoring 10 goals from right-back. His impressive displays earned a move to Premier League side West Ham in January 2016.

However, Byram has not been a first-team regular for the Hammers since his move and only played for them 5 times in the league last season. He is in need of a move away for more game time and Nottingham Forest are keen to hand him this.

Forest have been busy so far in this transfer window. Aitor Karanka has delved into the transfer market to put his own stamp on his newly inherited side. The Spaniard has lured the likes of Michael Dawson, Costel Pantilimon, Jack Robinson, Joao Carvalho, Gil Dias, Diogo Goncalves, Lewis Grabban and Hillal Soudani to Nottingham.

Sam Byram could be the next through the entrance door at the City Ground.

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