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Sour grapes, Bobby brown shoes?

Filed: Friday, 22nd January 2016
By: Staff Writer

Roberto Martinez has claimed that a move to Everton wouldn't have suited new West Ham signing Sam Byram.

Toffees boss Martinez, who lost out to the Hammers this week despite submitting the opening bid in the battle to sign the highly-rated 22-year-old full-back bizarrely insisted that moving to Goodison Park "wasn't a challenge" Byram would have been able to "embrace".

ďSamís situation was one where, as on many occasions, we were first to identify a good player in the Championship," Martinez told the media.

"We went through the correct procedures, established a good relationship with Leeds, but in the end it was not the right move for Sam nor [was he] the right player for us - and that was the end of it.

"I am pleased we were at the forefront of identifying a player but it was not for us. I can always give a correct path for a youngster to fulfil their potential but it wasn't right to bring a young talent in for the sake of it.

"It was not right for him and it wasn't a challenge he could embrace."

West Ham completed the signing of Thurrock-born Byram earlier this week and will hold talks with a striker this weekend as Slaven Bilic seeks to replace Mauro Zarate, who finalised a £1.7million move to Fiorentina yesterday.

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