The convoluted, and much twisting, transfer of Leeds United’s Sam Byram could soon be a byword of the transfer window with the 22-year-old youngster seemingly having made his choice between two suitors, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post’s reporter Phil Hay.
Hay, in answering a response to the following tweet, says that versatile right-sided player Byram “down there this morning” and that “everyone now seems to think that West Ham will get him.”
Byram is heading down to West Ham this morning. Updates as they come. #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) January 19, 2016
Yesterday evening, when news broke that Byram’s preference was to head to London, and Sky Sports suspended betting on his next club, much was written about the whys and wherefores of the deal.
Everton had offered £3.7m for Byram, a figure accepted by Leeds United and the Leeds defender-cum-midfielder headed to Merseyside for talks and a supposed medical. That’s when Londoners West Ham threw a spanner into the works by proposing an offer that included one feature that stood above the offer from Everton; the promise of an immediate start in the first team set up for Byram.
News began to also filter through about the bid itself from the Hammers with some saying West Ham had matched Everton’s £3.7m offer, a presumption dismissed by Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino, who was quoted in a Phil Hay article as saying the figure was “much lower.”
Cellino then went on to say that the likelihood that Byram would choose West Ham over Everton was solely the decision of the player himself. On this matter, and the clearest indication yet of Byram’s intentions, Cellino said, “I’m really sorry for Everton because they really acted like gentlemen, but Sam chose West Ham.”
Whatever the reasons, in a few short hours the transfer saga involving Sam Byram will likely be at a close. One thing almost for certain now is that the Thurrock-born youngster has likely played his last game for the Whites – finishing on 143 appearances for Leeds United.