Sam Byram’s decision to snub Everton and move to West Ham is set to cost Leeds United around £2million, as per Joe Short of The Express.
According to the report, the offer made by the Hammers for the 22-year-old is significantly less that the deal that Leeds had agreed with Everton, as the latter deal had add-ons that could have risen to around £5million.
West Ham’s offer, which is reported to be worth around £3million does not contain such clauses, but with the player out of contract in the summer, Leeds had no choice but to accept the offer from Slaven Bilic’s side as Byram made it clear that he wanted to move there.
Byram’s decision to join West Ham over Everton makes sense on two levels. Firstly, having been raised in Thurrock, Essex, a move to West Ham will allow him to move back closer to home.
Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, there seems to be more chance of first-team football at West Ham. Seamus Coleman is the clear starter for Everton, whilst nobody has quite nailed down the position as their own for the Hammers this season