According to Paul Taylor of Nottinghamshire Live, Nottingham Forest are ‘keen’ to sign Sam Byram this summer. The 25-year-old spent the majority of the season sidelined with a serious knee injury, but he’s performed well upon his return. Since joining on loan from West Ham United, Byram has made seven appearances in all competitions for Forest, making one assist. He’s started four of Forest’s last five Championship outings.
The Englishman has made an impression on Martin O’Neill despite the lack of playing time, and Byram is open to the idea of re-joining Forest this summer. With Pablo Zabaleta and Ryan Fredericks likely to compete for the right-back spot at West Ham next season, Byram might have to seek a move away from the London Stadium. Whether that’s permanent or temporary remains to be seen.
If the Reds are considering a permanent move, Byram’s valuation is around £5m and his salary demands could be close to £1.6m-a-year/£31k-per-week. Forest could opt for another season-long loan, however, which is a cheaper alternative. O’Neill will lose Saidy Janko this summer as he’s returning to his parent club FC Porto, leaving Tendayi Darikwa as his only right-back option.