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Byram excited by Bilic link-up

Filed: Wednesday, 20th January 2016
By: Staff Writer

New Hammer Sam Byram says he is excited by the opportunity to work with Hammers boss Slaven Bilic.

West Ham's £3.7million signing arrived at the Boleyn this afternoon after completing a medical which rubber-stamped his move from Championship club Leeds United.

And he cited the chance of working with the club's manager as one of the key reasons for deciding to move to West Ham instead of Everton.

“I spoke to the manager and he is one of the main reasons which attracted me to West Ham," said Byram. "I think he's done unbelievably well with his team so far, so I'm really looking forward to working with him and his staff.

"I'm unbelievably proud and happy to join a Club as big as this. I'm just looking forward to what the future holds and hopefully I can achieve things with the team going forward.

“It's a childhood dream of mine to play in the Premier League, so to have the chance to get into a team like this and I just want to get my head down, work hard and hopefully get a chance."

Byram also revealed that he was excited at the chance to play in the Olympic Stadium, in which West Ham will begin their tenancy from the start of nest season (2016/17).

“I'm looking forward to seeing the new Stadium in person," he added. "That was another big part in me wanting to come here. It's a massive part of the future of the club and I can't wait to see and hopefully play in it."

You're not signing any more: the demise of Leeds United

It's just 15 years since Leeds United broke the world record transfer fee for a defender when signing Rio Ferdinand from West Ham United for £18million.

The following season (2000/01) they reached the semi-finals of the Champions League - but disaster lay just around the corner and they were relegated from the Premiership at the end of the 2003/04 campaign.

Since then, the Whites - who also featured regularly in European finals during the last 1860s and early '70s - have become a standard Championship side, one that has failed to finish higher than 13th in England's second tier since the 2010/11 season.

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