Martin O’Neill has made no secret of his desire to sign Sam Byram this summer with the defender having impressed upon his return from injury. Byram’s loan spell at Nottingham Forest was disrupted after he had surgery on his knee, and he’s admitted being open to re-joining the East Midlands outfit next season.
When Byram returns to parent club West Ham United in the coming weeks, Forest could look to bring him back to the City Ground for the 2019/20 campaign. They’re sure to have a lot of competition for his signature, however, with the right-back impressing recently in the Championship.
Another loan move is an option, but Forest could look to sign the defender on a permanent deal. Byram is behind Pablo Zabaleta, Ryan Fredericks and Michail Antonio in the pecking order at West Ham, making just two Premier League starts for the Londoners since May 2017, so he’s certainly attainable.
According to Football.London’s West Ham correspondent Sam Inkersole, the 25-year-old could cost around £5m to sign. Spotrac say the Hammers full-back earns £1.6m-a-year/£30k-per-week. With Saidy Janko expected to return to his parent club FC Porto this summer, Forest will need a replacement. Who better than their first-choice right-back?
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