Hammers defender departs


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West Ham are tonight understood to have sold Sam Byram for around £750,000 although the club is keeping his destination quiet until the buying club have made the announcement.

The luckless defender was strongly fancied by Nottingham Forest but it is believed Norwich City have won the race to sign him.

We bought Byram from Leeds United under Slaven Bilic for £3,5 million so are taking quite a hit on the 25 year old but it will see the club shed £25k a week from the wage bill.

An official announcement is expected in the morning.

However, hopes that Wigan would but striker Jordan Hugill collapsed during the day after the clubs had agreed terms.

Wigan were unable to match the former Preston North End striker’s wage demands and he will now remain at the London Stadium although there are hopes that a compromise offer will be made by the Championship club

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • LJ says:

    Sounds too cheap , we do seem to have a habit of never getting a decent price when we sell players

  • Dom says:

    I was hopeful when Byram joined, always thought he looked decent. But another player who suffered injury after injury. Hopefully he can rebuild his career.

    What’s becoming painfully obvious is just how little value our fringe players hold. We know they aren’t good enough and it would seem so does everybody else. The players we have sold have gone for between 20-50% lower what most of us thought they were worth and I think we thought we were being realistic.

    Haller is an absolute priority. If we can get that deal done (at all costs), perhaps a couple of free transfers will have to do until next summer when hopefully Pellegrini can complete the squad he wants.

  • Good Ole Daze says:

    Good luck to him – fingers crossed he doesn’t suffer so many injuries in the future.

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