By Alex Stevens
West Ham chairman David Sullivan has revealed Sam Byram will complete his transfer from Leeds by Wednesday.
Sullivan confirmed that “everything was in agreement” over Byram’s switch to Upton Park after the 22-year-old full-back travelled to London for a medical this morning.
As revealed by Football Insider on Monday, Byram has rejected a move to Everton in favour of West Ham after the Londoners made a late swoop on Sunday night.
Everton bid £3.7million for United’s academy graduate but the Championship club accepted the Hammers’ offer of £3.5million plus add-ons after Byram made it clear that he wanted to move to Upton Park.
Sullivan said West Ham had originally intended to recruit Byram when his contract at Elland Road expired in June but the club sprung into action after Everton made their move.
“We hoped to sign Sam Byram in the summer when he was out of contract at Leeds but in the last few days it looked like he was going to Everton,” Sullivan told Sky Sports News. “We realised it was now or never so we had to pitch in and attempt to sign him. Hopefully that will go through in the next 24 hours.
“Everything is in agreement with him and the club. I would not normally say this but the Leeds chairman has made it public.”
West Ham have been struggling for a right back, with James Tomkins filling in this season due to the poor form of on-loan Arsenal star Carl Jenkinson.
Byram, who has been used at right midfield by Leeds in recent weeks, is seen as the long term option at right-back by Slaven Bilic and his staff.
The youngster was left out of the Leeds team that lost 2-0 to Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday, with his transfer to Everton pending.
But his next game is not set to be played in a West Ham shirt in what will be regarded as a major blow by Everton.