Leeds United defender Sam Byram has turned down a move to Everton, preferring instead to join West Ham United.

Last week Everton looked almost certain to sign the Leeds youngster for around £3.5million but a late bid from the Hammers has scuppered Roberto Martinez’ plans.

The 22-year old who can play at either right full back, or further forward, is out-of-contract at Leeds at the end of the season and whilst he wouldn’t be able to leave the Championship side on a free transfer, he would be free to move clubs with a fee set by tribunal at a later date.

Everton were in discussions with Byram but before personal terms could be agreed Leeds also accepted an offer from West Ham.

Whites’ owner Massimo Cellino announced Byram’s decision in an interview with TEAMtalk.

The Italian said; “I’m really sorry for Everton as they really acted like gentlemen, but Sam chose West Ham.”

It is thought the attraction of regular first-team football was behind Byram’s decision.

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