Sam Byram is expected to leave West Ham this summer, according to football.london.
In a report that reveals David Moyes’ transfer intentions during the coming summer transfer window, the website claims that 24-year-old is ‘likely’ to leave London Stadium with Pablo Zabaleta expected to stay on for another year.
The Hammers beat Everton to Byram signature in January 2016 and his arrival was met with a lot of excitement amongst fans who felt he was the latest in young, promising Championship stars being identified and signed by the club.
With the success of Aaron Cresswell and Michail Antonio fresh in the minds of supporters, it was heavily believed that Byram would follow in their footsteps and become a quality first-team regular.
However, a string of injuries have seriously limited Byram’s ability to stake a long-term claim at right-back ever since and football.london are now claiming his days in east London are numbered as a result.
The report also goes on to confirm that strengthening the defence will be Moyes’ main priority this summer, having already overseen the departure of Jose Fonte and with questions marks over James Collins’ contract situation.
It is believed that West Ham do hope to secure the free signing of Fulham right-back Ryan Fredericks if he decides against signing a renewed deal with the Cottagers and they also hold a keen interest in Man United’s Chris Smalling.