Byram snubs Everton for West Ham

Date published: Tuesday 19th January 2016 9:42

Leeds defender Sam Byram has turned down a move to Everton to join West Ham United instead.

The Toffees agreed a £3.7m fee with Leeds for the 22-year-old right-back but Byram has instead opted for a switch to the Hammers, despite the London club offering less money.

The deciding factor is thought to be the potential lack of first-team action at Everton, with Seamus Coleman established in the side. Meanwhile, West Ham are playing James Tomkins out of position at right-back.

Massimo Cellino, the Leeds owner, confirmed to The Guardian: “I’m really sorry for Everton because they really acted like gentlemen, but Sam chose West Ham.”

Byram has made 130 appearances for Leeds in the Championship.

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