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Byram for England, says Sullivan

Filed: Thursday, 21st January 2016
By: Staff Writer

Co-owner David Sullivan has welcomed new signing Sam Byram to the club - and has already linked the youngster with a potential England call-up.

Sullivan, speaking after West Ham had completed the £3.7million signing of the former Leeds United full back insisted that the versatile 22-year-old had the potential to represent his country - if not for a while yet.

"He has been bought for the future and long term, he could well be an English international," he said.

"He is a utility player who can play anywhere down the right hand side and when played in a forward position he can score goals. He has already scored three times for Leeds this season.

"He is still young and is improving all the time. His uncle and cousins are West Ham United season ticket holders."

And Sullivan confirmed that West Ham had not planned on moving for Byram until the end of the season - until Everton had an offer for the player accepted last week, compelling the Hammers to act.

"We had planned to sign him in the summer," he said, "but we were forced to move sooner as it was clear that Everton had agreed terms with Leeds to sign him."

Meanwhile Hammers boss Slaven Bilic revealed that he was delighted to tie up the capture of the highly-rated youngster. "Itís a good buy for us," he told the media during his Thursday press conference.

"He is a young player, heís English, heís home-grown, very young but with the experience of playing in the Championship. We are planning for the next season, and he has been on our radar for a long time. It was more of a plan for next season, but it is good to have him now."

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