When a January move to Everton looked likely for Sam Byram, the former Leeds United man instead opted for a switch to the Boleyn Ground, and the 22-year-old says that he made the ‘perfect decision’.
For weeks, it appeared that Goodison Park was the obvious destination for the young full-back, but the pull of the Irons proved too much for Byram and he signed for Slaven Bilic’s side, right from under the noses of the Merseysiders.
Now the dust has settled, Byram has spoken about the choice he made in the transfer window.
The youngster told London24Sport:
At the time it was a big decision (between West Ham and Everton) and I had a few sleepless nights but a month in I don’t think it could have gone better.
Everyone has been so nice and I think it has been the perfect decision. I said to my brother the other day, he is thinking of moving down here, that the way it is going I think I could see myself living here the rest of my life.
Byram’s words will be music to the ears of West Ham fans and the club itself as it appears that their investment is committed to the Hammers and the London lifestyle for the long run.
Byram has made an impressive start to his West Ham career. Following his move from West Yorkshire, the defender has made three appearances thus far, making his debut as a first-half substitute against Manchester City. However, he has been forced to sit out a number of ties, due to being cup-tied.
With James Tomkins still out injured, Byram is likely start for the Irons on Saturday when they host Sunderland.