This article is part of Football FanCast’s Transfer Focus series, which provides opinion and analysis on recent transfer news…
According to Football League World, West Ham are once again set to include Sam Byram in their latest offer for West Brom’s Salomon Rondon.
According to technical director Luke Dowling, Albion are willing to see Rondon leave the club this summer.
The Venezuelan striker has a £16.5m release clause in his contract as Newcastle remain interested in the player. Wolves have also been sniffing around the forward but West Ham seem to be at the front of the queue at the moment.
And a part of that, per Football League World, is Byram once again.
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With the Baggies happy to lose Rondon this summer, they should arguably be looking to just cut their losses, especially after a reduction in parachute payments.
A first offer involving Hugill was quite rightfully rejected given the £10m fee and his record at Middlesbrough last season where he only scored six.
However, if a renewed bid of £14m plus the 25-year-old right-back comes in, they simply have to accept.
Why? Because the Hammers man could be imperative next season.
The fact of the matter is that Rondon doesn’t fit in at West Brom anymore.
What the club do need, though, is a right-back.
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In their squad at the time being, the only player they have capable of playing in that position is Allan Nyom.
The former Watford man spent the 2018/19 season on loan in La Liga which was arguably evidence that they don’t exactly trust him.
As a result, bringing in Byram is a necessity.
He’s shown in the past just what he can do at Championship level, and as documented with previous target Famara Diedhiou, signing proven players who have cut it in the second tier could be key.
Not agreeing to the reported new terms for the 6 foot 1 forward, therefore, would be a mistake.