Sam Byram has joined West Ham on terms similar to those offered to Aaron Cresswell.
ClaretandHugh understand the club’s new right back will be earning around £30k a week although we believe there are also staged payments involved.
Byram is set to join the club officially later today after David Sullivan hijacked Everton’s move for the Leeds player who at 22 years old has been described as having a “tremendous future.”
The Irons have paid just over £3.7 million for him with half of the money being paid now to cash-stricken Leeds with the remainder falling due at the end of the season.
ClaretandHugh was told: “It was clear we needed to move quickly for Sam although, as explained, we would sooner have waited for a free transfer in the summer.”
That may have given the player more cash than he has received in personal terms but Byram had no problem with immediately agreeing terms.
We were told: “He’s on a similar deal to the one that brought Aaron here – a basic of around £30k plus staged payments based on appearances and the like.”