By Alex Stevens
West Ham are ready to offload Sam Byram just over a year after buying him from Leeds, according to a report.
Hammers site West Ham Way claim the Elland Road academy product has failed to gain the trust of manager Slaven Bilic since his transfer in January 2016.
It is said that Byram “hasn’t kicked on as much as was hoped for him” and there is a growing sense that an exit is on the cards this summer.
West Ham Way, which is written by the self-styled ‘Ex-WHU employee’ and has a reputation as a reliable source of information about the club, claim the 23-year-old could be allowed to leave on a season-long loan or possibly even on a permanent transfer in the summer if their valuation can be met.
The Premier League club are on the look out for a new right-back after struggling to find a consistent performer in that position in the last two seasons.
Byram has struggled to settle at West Ham since his £3.75million transfer from boyhood club Leeds, where he made 143 senior appearances after emerging from the youth set-up.
He has made just 17 appearances in all competitions and suffered a series of niggling injuries that have prevented him from nailing down the right-back spot.
However, even when he has been fit, manager Bilic has often turned to emergency options, with defensive midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate and right-sided attacker Michail Antonio preferred in Byram’s favourite position.
West Ham Way state that St Etienne’s Kevin Malcuit and Manchester City’s Bacary Sagna are among the top right-back targets of the club.