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Byram medical today

Filed: Tuesday, 19th January 2016
By: Staff Writer

Sam Byram is set to undergo a medical this afternoon ahead of his move to West Ham.

The Leeds defender was the subject of a 3.7million bid from the Hammers earlier this week and has travelled to London ahead of his planned move to the Boleyn Ground. The deal was confirmed by Chairman David Sullivan on Sky Sports this lunchtime (Tuesday).

Sullivan also admitted that West Ham had not planned to bid for the 22-year-old defender until the summer, as previously stated here on KUMB, but moved after Everton had an offer - also worth 3.7million, Leeds' asking price - accepted for the player.

"Originally we were going to do nothing as we spent our money in the summer," he said. "We hoped to sign Sam Byram in the summer when he was out of contract with Leeds but in the last few days it looked like he was going to Everton, so we realised it was now or never.

"Hopefully that will go through in the next 24 hours if everything is agreed between him and the club.

"I wouldn't normally say this but the Leeds Chairman has made it public and I think it's wrong to mention what you're doing until it's actually done. But if they're happy for it to be public, then so are we. We've agreed terms with Leeds, we've agreed terms with the player and we expect it to go through."

Thurrock-born Byram decided to return South after rejecting Everton's advances - much to the fury of some of their supporters.

And it is the second time in a matter of months that a player has picked the Hammers over their Merseyside rivals, with Angelo Ogbonna also rejecting the opportunity to move to Goodison Park last summer.

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