It looks as though the beginning of the end for Sam Byram at West Ham United. The former Leeds United man is, according to The Sun, set to join Nottingham Forest on loan.
He joined West Ham in January 2016 for a fee reported by The Independent to be in the region of £3.7 million. His contract at Elland Road had entered into the last six months and contract talks had broken down, so the West Yorkshire side took the money and ran.
But West Ham was not Byram’s only choice. Everton also had a bid accepted for the player.
The Toffees, then managed by Roberto Martinez, saw Byram as an excellent back-up option to Seamus Coleman.
Everton’s Spanish manager was seemingly perturbed after he rejected the deal to head to Goodison Park. He flippantly suggested that Byram was not the right player for Everton if he could not ‘embrace’ the ‘challenge’ of battling for the first-team spot – as reported by The Guardian.
However, it now seems Everton dodged a bullet.
Byram is now set to leave West Ham without having any real impact in London. He has played just 36 times for the Hammers in two-and-a-half seasons with the club. Injury trouble has blighted his spell and, when fit, he has struggled to look up to the challenge of Premier League football.
Everton now have Coleman and one of England’s brightest defensive talents Jonjoe Kenny backing him up.
Byram is a signing Everton should be pleased they did not complete.