West Ham set to beat Everton to signing of Championship star

West Ham United are close to beating Everton to the signing of Leeds United star Sam Byram, according to reports from the Express.

The 22-year-old was believed to have agreed a £3.7million deal to join the Toffees this week, but the transfer fell through.

Leeds owner Massimo Cellino has also come out to confirm that negotiations with Everton have ended after Byram decided to join the Hammers.

“I’m really sorry for Everton because they really acted like gentlemen, but Sam chose West Ham,” he said.

“I’ve signed nothing yet but West Ham’s bid is much lower than Everton’s.

“I don’t control the player. He wants to go, he decides where and when.”

It seems that the versatile right-back chose to push his move to Upton Park given that manager Slaven Bilic was ready to include him into the first team.

However, Everton boss Roberto Martinez revealed that he wanted to bring in the Leeds ace to further develop his abilities before promoting him to a regular role.

Byram is expected to complete a switch to West Ham this week, but the fee of his proposed transfer is not yet known.

The player has already featured in 22 Championship matches for his side this term, so far scoring three goals while providing one assist.