Premier League new boys Norwich City have confirmed the signing of West Ham United defender Sam Byram, for a fee believed to be in the region of £750,000.

The Hammers were lavished with options in the right-back berth under Manuel Pellegrini last term, and so the former Leeds United ace was always going to struggle for game time at the London Stadium.

West Ham had Pablo Zabaleta and Ryan Fredericks who could occupy that position while Michail Antonio has also filled in there, so a path into the first-team plans was not immediately obvious for the 25-year-old.

With that in mind, the Hammers boss allowed Byram to spend last season on loan in the Championship with Nottingham Forest, but an injury ravaged spell meant that he could feature only six times in all competitions.

The full-back joined West Ham from Leeds in January 2016, but despite his talent and his perceived huge future, he never really broke into the first-team at the London Stadium, and in recent times has seen his career stall.

He became Norwich’s fourth signing of the summer when he made the switch from the Hammers, and has already met up with his new teammates, where he expressed his delight over his move to East Anglia.

“I’m delighted. It’s all happened quite fast and it’s been a quick turnaround. There’s been a lot of travelling to get out here to Germany but I’m just pleased I’m here now.” The official Canaries website quotes him as saying.

“I heard about the interest a week or two ago. Obviously, I wasn’t in the plans for West Ham going forward and I needed a new challenge to go out and push on after last season.

“When I heard Norwich were interested, I was really interested [because of] how the manager [Daniel Farke] had the team playing last year.

“First and foremost, the football side of things [convinced me to sign]. I watched a lot of them last season with the fluid football and passing style, it’s obviously very attractive.

“Stuart [Webber] had explained where the Club had come from when he joined two years ago and his plans going forward and how they’re really trying to develop things. He sold the Club to me.”

Byram will now battle it out with the EFL young player of the season from last term in Max Aarons, for the right-back spot in the Canaries set up, as they get ready for their first campaign back in the Premier League.


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