By Arsenal correspondent Tony Hughes
Arsenal are plotting a shock swoop for right-back Sam Bryam – just months after he signed for West Ham, according to a report.
Italian website TuttoMercatoWeb claim the Gunners are assessing the credential of the Leeds academy graduate.
It is said that Arsene Wenger is on the lookout for a right-back amid fears that Hector Bellerin will be targeted by Barcelona as a replacement for Dani Alves.
The Spanish giants have been strongly linked with a move for Bellerin five years after he left the Camp Nou academy to join Arsenal.
Byram joined West Ham in the January transfer window for £3.75million as the Londoners took advantage of his contract situation at Leeds, which was due to expire this summer.
The 22-year-old made a sound early impression for Slaven Bilic’s team before injury kept him out for the final months of the 2015-16 season.
Byram is a versatile player who was widely used on the right side of midfield at Leeds in the recent domestic campaign as well as in his favourite right-back slot.
In addition to Bellerin, Arsenal have two other senior players who play in that position.
But Mathieu Debuchy is likely to be granted an exit from Emirates Stadium this summer after spending the second half of 2015-16 on loan at Bordeaux, while Carl Jenkinson is sidelined with a cruciate ligament injury.
In other Arsenal transfer news, the club have made an enquiry for a £100million-rated Premier League ace.