West Ham confirmed the capture of Leeds United youngster Sam Byram today after gazzumping Everton at the last minute to secure his signature.
West Ham had been looking to signing Byram in the summer on a free transfer, but Everton’s interest in the 22-year-old forced the club’s hand and we went and got our man for a reported £3.7m fee.
It means that we’ve now got two of the country’s most promising full-backs and they cost around £7.5m combined, which is incredible business just goes to show how much our recruitment process has improved over the past few years.
But one thing that stands out about this deal is that both sets of fans – West Ham and Everton – have been at logger-heads over it.
So much so that as soon as the deal was officially announced by the club West Ham fans went out of their way to laugh at Everton, which didn’t go down too well with the Toffees fans.
Here are some of the best following Byram’s arrival…
— West Ham United FC (@whufc_official) January 20, 2016
Players who have chosen West Ham over Everton: ⚒ Payet ⚒ ⚒ Ogbonna ⚒ ⚒ Byram ⚒ pic.twitter.com/Zc1yMSN79a
— bet365 (@bet365) January 20, 2016
Good to see #WHUFC turning to the Championship for young talent. Proved with Cresswell that there are some gems to be picked up down there.
— James Jones (@jj2388) January 20, 2016
A fella I know supports Leeds and reckons Byram is the best player they have had in years…exciting times. #COYI
— Marco Boogers (@irons10) January 20, 2016
— 父 Craig Mangion (@CraigMangion) January 20, 2016
We signed Sam Byram, The hype is real! #COYI!
— Ash Jung (@AshDJ93) January 20, 2016
Happy we signed Byram. We need a full time RB option and Jenks isn't it. Promising young talent and we beat out Everton. Good business #COYI
— Logan Sama (@djlogansama) January 20, 2016
— blayne wherrett (@blaynew333) January 20, 2016
— Justin (@TheChozoRuins) January 20, 2016
..delighted Sam Byram has joined West Ham….would be a mistake to play him as an out and out full back though #COYI
— Ian Larmer (@Mister_Llama) January 20, 2016
— Luke Clancy (@ClancySJ) January 20, 2016
— Dale Wilkinson (@dalewilkinson99) January 20, 2016
Meanwhile, Everton fans be like…
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