Irons admit late move for defender possible


Sam-ByramWest Ham are seriously watching developments between Everton and long-term target Sam Byram who is heading for talks on personal terms with the Toffees.

Reports that the Merseysiders have seen a bid accepted by Leeds are correct but the deal rests on Byram’s advisers getting the best possible deal for the young right back.

And this morning – despite remaining reluctant to declare their hand – the Irons are clearly seriously considering a late move for the 22 year old.

Everton may be keen to score a point or two over the Hammers by landing the player after Angelo Ogbonna snubbed their late move for him before joining us last summer.

But the game is far from up despite the fact the Irons would have preferred to get Byram on a free in the summer.

Our senior source gave a very guarded answer when we asked whether a late bid was on the cards saying only: “Possibly – can say no more!”

That suggests that moves have either started or are afoot.

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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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  • jaybs says:

    This is one player we have should have been in for before now, now leaving Everton to get in first and if the accepted fee is correct a bargain, sometimes in transfer windows we can hold back for bargains and miss out on real prospects, we can still do it, we have a lot to sell to such a young player and prospect!

    • sleepswithdafishes says:

      He is still an essex boy so its all to play for. I think we were hoping for a free in the summer.
      It would be nice to stuff everton again in a big transfer.

  • sleepswithdafishes says:

    I presume that Jarvis’s move balances the books from last summers business ( is that so Hugh? ), so then we need to lose Jelavic and Zarate and perhaps O’Brian, to get Byram and a decent striker ( loan ).

  • stanhammer says:

    With six months to go before free player I would think the player would look to get large signing on fee and wait for summer move current Everton deal only in Leeds interest.

    • sleepswithdafishes says:

      sounds good to me lol.
      I wonder if they would take less fee, if we loan him back for the rest of the season.

  • johnham1 says:

    Please please no, I have a lot of friends in leeds and they do not rate him, how they described him to me was a little better than Jenks. That’s not good enough for us. We need a top RB and he is certainly not it. Tomks is the man at the moment but I keep saying and for the life of me I cannot believe we have not played him here yet, Oxford is the player. Oxford is so far ahead of Byran as a player. This would be an awful waste of money as it will not be long before you see he is not top class. Daves let him go to Everton – don’t go near him – you did not listen to me about Jenks in the summer but I hope you do this time and don’t make the same mistake.

  • slaven a laugh says:

    It’s quite simple. We buy him and then loan him to Everton at an exhorbitant rate for the rest of this season. Just like Arsenal and Chelsea do to us with jerks and Moses. That way we see if Byram is good enough for premier league and whether he will be good enough to grace the turf of the Olympic stadium.

  • slaven a laugh says:

    And if he’s no good who cares as he’s only playing for Everton.

  • bubs says:

    I hope we don’t just rush in and if he wants Everton as he has said when asked then he will go there,prefer to get the Chelski lad on a free in the summer and have a good look around for a player in his late 20 with real world class until a young lad can be brought on we already have the lad we stole off the Gooners and we are trying to train Jenkinson for them but some just have not got it,
    Unless he makes it clear we are the club for him for all the right reasons then let’s leave well alone

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