West Ham secure highly rated Championship star on four-year deal

West Ham United have wrapped up the signing of Leeds United utility man Sam Byram, confirmed the club’s official website.

The highly rated 22-year old has agreed a four-and-a-half-year deal with the Hammers and joins for an undisclosed fee.

‘I’m unbelievably happy and proud to have joined a club as big as this’, revealed the Essex-born star, who will take the shirt number 22.

‘I spoke to the manager and he is one of the main reasons that attracted me to West Ham.’

He came through the ranks at Elland Road though rejected their offer of a new deal, making a January exit the only feasible outcome for the Yorkshire giants.

Only last month was he crowned the Championship Player of the Year after he scored three goals across December.

A versatile right-sided player, Byram can operate as either a right-back or a right-winger further up the field.

Everton were also in talks with the player, though the Upton Park outfit have pipped their Premier League rivals by concluding a deal.

He leaves Leeds having made 143 appearances, recording 10 goals since breaking the first team at the start of the 2012/2013 season.