West Ham United co-chairman David Sullivan has revealed on Sky Sports News HQ this afternoon (January 18) that they hope to complete the signing of Sam Byram from Leeds United in the next 24 hours.
“We hoped to sign Sam Byram in the summer when he was out of contract at Leeds, but in the last few days it looked like he was going to Everton, so we realised it was now or never so we had to pitch in and attempt to sign him, and hopefully that will go through in the next 24 hours," said Sullivan.
“Everything is in agreement with him and the club. I would not normally say this, but the Leeds chairman has made it public - I think it’s wrong to mention what you are doing until it is actually done - but if they are happy for it to be public, then we are happy for it to be public.
"We have agreed terms with Leeds, we have agreed terms with the player and hopefully that will go through in the next 24 hours."
The Guardian quoted Leeds chairman Massimo Cellino as saying on Monday evening: “I’m really sorry for Everton because they really acted like gentlemen, but Sam chose West Ham.”
Byram is one of the best young players in the Championship and can play as a right-back or as a right-winger.
The 22-year-old scored three goals and created 39 chances in 39 Championship appearances for the Whites last season.
So far this campaign, the Englishman has scored three goals and created 24 chances in 22 league appearances for the West Yorkshire outfit.
Byram has a pass accuracy of 75% and a shot accuracy of 33%, and has won 34 headers, nine dribbles and 15 tackles.
Leeds are 17th in the Championship table at the moment with 32 points from 27 matches, just eight points above the relegation zone.
Meanwhile, West Ham currently find themselves sixth in the Premier League table with 35 points from 22 games, just four points behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur.