West Ham co-owner David Sullivan has confirmed the club are aiming to complete a move for Leeds United’s Sam Byram, report London 24.
The 22-year old had been set for a move to Everton, though that particular transfer looks to have stalled and the Hammers have pipped their Premier League rivals.
After progressing through the youth ranks with the Yorkshire giants, he has established himself as one of the club’s key players.
However, the versatile right-sided player had rejected a new deal at Elland Road and his current contract is due to expire at the end of the season.
Controversial Leeds owner Massimo Cellino had previously revealed the player’s most likely destination, leading to Sullivan’s decision to explain the situation live on Sky Sports News.
Video confirmation of Sullivan confirming that Byram deal is close: pic.twitter.com/gJvfzhJSyk
— West Ham News (@WHUFC_News) January 19, 2016
‘We had hoped to sign Byram in the summer when he was out of contract’, stated the Hammers honcho.
‘But in the last few days he was close to moving to Everton so we had to step in.’
‘We hope to sign him in the next 24 hours and he has agreed to join us and we have agreed everything with Leeds.’
‘I wouldn’t normally make this public but Leeds have already done so.’
A versatile operator, Byram can cover both right-back and right-midfield positions. Current right-back Carl Jenkinson is due to return to Arsenal at the end of his season-long loan this summer.
— Sky Sports News HQ (@SkySportsNewsHQ) January 19, 2016
Previously, the Hammers have signed full-back Aaron Cresswell from the Championship, who has proved to be a rousing success in East London.