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Report suggests West Ham star could be set for January exit

West Ham supporters in the Transfer Tavern are eagerly anticipating their side’s trip to Tottenham in the Carabao Cup fourth round this evening, even if they go into the contest having lost 3-0 at home to Brighton last time out.

Slaven Bilic’s men were comprehensively outplayed by the Seagulls at the London Stadium last Friday to suffer a fifth Premier League defeat of the campaign, and as such brought about even greater pressure on the shoulders of the Croat. A brace from Glenn Murray and a fine Jose Izquierdo strike secured all three points for Chris Hughton’s men, and stimulated many boos and jeers from the home supporters at the final whistle.

Nonetheless, several of our resident Hammers fans are looking forward to tonight’s game at Wembley against Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs, and one man who may well don the claret and blue for the East London outfit is defender Sam Byram, who is the subject of a recent report in The Burton Mail.

And that’s because they report that Championship outfit Sheffield United are keeping tabs on the 24-year-old’s situation at West Ham ahead of a possible loan move in the New Year.

The versatile defender made the move to East London back in 2016 after impressing at Yorkshire giants Leeds United, but he has struggled to nail down a place in Bilic’s starting eleven in the last 14 months or so, earning just 28 first team appearances for the Hammers.

Injuries have played a part in his difficulties, but this term he has yet to feature for West Ham in the Premier League, with his only two appearances coming in their previous Carabao Cup encounters, which is why he is likely to play a part at Wembley this evening.

As such, Chris Wilder and Sheffield United may be keeping a close eye on the national stadium this evening as they reportedly are eyeing up a loan move for Byram in January in a bid to strengthen their defensive options ahead of the second half of the Championship season.

And given that the 24-year-old is struggling for first team football at the London Stadium, it’s a deal may well take place in the New Year.

Landlord’s verdict: Sam Byram was hugely impressive during his time at Leeds United and certainly deserved his move to the Premier League last year, but things haven’t worked out for him at West Ham.

The 24-year-old has made just 28 appearances for the Hammers in the last 14 months and doesn’t look like commanding regular football this term either, and as such Championship side Sheffield United are reportedly seeking to bring him to Bramall Lane in January.

The Blades are third in the Championship and could do with more reinforcements if they are to sustain a promotion push, and given that Byram has succeeded at that level before and will have something to prove should he leave, it’s a deal which could reap the rewards for manager Chris Wilder and his side.

But whether West Ham sanction it very much remains to be seen given their own lack of defensive cover, but Byram’s own desire for regular football could give manager Slaven Bilic a problem come January.

West Ham fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!

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