Should West Brom look at ex-Pardew target Sam Byram this summer with West Ham closing in on Opare?

WBA manager Alan Pardew reacts as Paul Clement looks on during the Premier League match between Swansea City and West Bromwich Albion at Liberty Stadium on December 9, 2017 in Swansea,...

West Ham United are reportedly set to win the race to sign Daniel Opare, and that may be bad news for Sam Byram, so should West Bromwich Albion move?

Augsburg's Ghanaian defender Daniel Opare (top) and Leverkusen's German forward Kevin Volland vie for the ball during the German first division Bundesliga football match FC Augsburg vs...

Just hours after bolstering their squad with the signing of Patrice Evra, West Ham appear to be closing in on their first summer signing, with Soka 25 reporting that the Irons are looking most likely to win the race for Daniel Opare, who is set to be a free agent at the end of the season.

Opare may be able to rival Evra if the latter extends his stay at the London Stadium beyond his current deal, but his primary position is at right-back, and that may prove to be an issue for Sam Byram.

Sam Byram of West Ham United during the Emirates FA Cup Third Round Replay match between West Ham United and Shrewsbury Town at London Stadium on January 16, 2018 in London, England.

The 24-year-old has barely featured for the Hammers this season, and if a new right-back arrives, he would be forgiven for wanting to seek a fresh challenge as another campaign spent on the periphery may be extremely detrimental for his career.

Meanwhile, West Brom's defence is arguably lacking decent options at right-back. Allan Nyom has been quite inconsistent and has never really looked like the long-term answer, while Craig Dawson has done extremely well in the role, but his main position is at centre-back, and that may be important if speculation surrounding Jonny Evans kicks off again this summer.

While in charge of Crystal Palace, Baggies boss Alan Pardew was looking at Byram as he prepared to leave Leeds, according to a report from the Daily Express, so perhaps looking to make a fresh move may be a smart idea.

Alan Pardew, Manager of WestBromwich Albion  gives his team instructions during the Premier League match between Liverpool and West Bromwich Albion at Anfield on December 13, 2017 in...

It may be a gamble, but with Byram barely featuring for the Hammers this season, and only costing £3.7 million when he joined from Leeds - fee reported by the Independent - he may not cost a significant amount.

And if West Brom did make a move and did manage to land the right-back, it may prove to be an inspired signing if Pardew is able to get the Englishman's career back on track.

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