West Ham fans around the Tavern will be relieved to hear that out-of-form Carl Jenkinson may be replaced in January after reports from The Telegraph suggested that West Ham are preparing a move for Sam Byram.
The Leeds United right-back is out of contract in the summer, and has so far failed to sign an extension.
With this in mind, reports suggest that the Hammers are readying a cut-price January bid of £5 million for the 22-year old.
Byram, who can play as a right-back or on the right side of midfield, is one of the most highly-rated players in England outside of the Premier League.
As a result, West Ham may have some competition for Byram’s signature, with a host of Premier League clubs, including both Merseyside outfits Liverpool and Everton, interested in the Englishman.
However, West Ham are looking to take the lead in the race for the full-back. With Carl Jenkinson only at the club on-loan and struggling to show the form of last season, a new right-back is a priority for the Hammers during the transfer window.
West Ham are working with a limited budget after spending a relatively high amount of money last summer, although they have already raised half of the money they would need to bid for Byram by selling Matt Jarvis to Norwich City.
The Upton Park side hope that Byram would make a similar impact in the Premier League as left-back Aaron Cresswell, who they signed from Championship club Ipswich Town in 2014.
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