Three reasons why West Ham are a better option than Everton for Sam Byram

Leeds defender Sam Byram could be set to snub Everton to join West Ham.

Leeds United prospect Sam Byram is weighing up offers from Everton and West Ham, with the east London side claimed to have jumped ahead in the race.

London24 report the Hammers are on the verge of clinching a deal, and hope to have it tied up imminently.

Both teams are excellent options for the 22-year-old, as established Premier League sides, but West Ham may just be the better choice.

Here are three reasons why...

Joins a side more settled defensively

If Sam Byram is aiming to play in his favoured position at right-back, then he would be joining a side with a more settled defence. West Ham have conceded six fewer goals than Everton this season, and are also six points ahead of the Toffees in the Premier League. Everton have conceded the most goals of any side in the top 13 positions in the top flight this season.

Clear route to first team football 

Chances for Byram at Everton are unclear, with Seamus Coleman a cut above, and a clear first choice at right-back. There is no indication Everton are willing to part ways with the Irishman, but at West Ham there is a spot opening up. Carl Jenkinson is in the second year of his loan spell from Arsenal, and will return to the Gunners in the summer, replacing Mathieu Debuchy. There is a real chance for Byram to emulate former Ipswich left-back Aaron Cresswell and establish himself as first choice.

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While he has been with Leeds in their academy for the best part of a decade, Byram was born in Thurrock, Essex, and has ties close to the Hammers. Byram may settle quicker off the pitch, and the club being about to enter an exciting point in their history, moving into the Olympic Stadium, makes the move even more tempting.

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