Photo: New West Ham signing Sam Byram poses with shirt

Sam Byram

West Ham United have signed Sam Byram from Leeds United.

As seen above, West Ham United have confirmed the capture of Leeds United star Sam Byram on a four-and-a-half year contract.

Byram, 22, has come up through the ranks at Leeds, and after almost 150 appearances for the club, he is heading to Upton Park for an undisclosed fee.

With his contract expiring at the end of the season, Leeds were left in a difficult position, and ended up having to cash in on Byram now, rather than see him walk away in the summer.

The deal has been speculated about for days now, with The Guardian noting that Byram had chosen the Hammers over Premier League rivals Everton earlier this week - and his connections with West Ham may have played a major part in that decision.

Born in Essex, Byram is believed to come from a family of West Ham supporters, and will now be donning the famous claret and blue shirt for the coming years having been presented earlier today.

Capable of playing at right back or on the right of midfield, Byram is likely to slot into the right side of the West Ham defence, meaning Arsenal loanee Carl Jenkinson's future under Slaven Bilic looks somewhat bleak.

Byram becomes West Ham's first signing of the January transfer window, and fans will be hoping to land a striker in the coming days, given Bilic's injury problems in the final third, whilst Leeds supporters will want to see the money received for Byram reinvested into the playing squad at Elland Road.

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