Sam Byram has admitted he would be open to staying at Nottingham Forest for another season if the opportunity presented itself. The 25-year-old joined Forest on loan from West Ham United last summer and has gone on to make four appearances in all competitions, just two of which have come in the Championship.
Byram suffered a knee injury in Forest’s EFL Cup win over Newcastle United on August 29 and underwent surgery to fix the problem. His recovery threatened to keep him sidelined for the remainder of the season, but he’s made a remarkable recovery and is expected to feature in Forest’s remaining games.
But with the defender spending eight months out, the Reds haven’t seen much of him this season. Byram was open to the idea of spending another year at the City Ground, however, saying to Nottinghamshire Live: “I need to play football and, you know, if Nottingham Forest offer me football next season, I would not turn that opportunity down.
“But I need to sit down in the summer with West Ham, because I do not know what their plans are for me. I am hoping to keep playing here until the end of the season and then see where we go from there.” Byram re-joining Forest for the 2019/20 will depend on West Ham. The Londoners are looking to extend Pablo Zabaleta’s contract which could mean Byram could depart on loan again.
Forest will lose Saidy Janko to parent club FC Porto in the coming weeks, so they’ll have a need for a right-back to compete alongside Tendayi Darikwa. Byram impressed upon his return against Sheffield Wednesday so the Reds might be open to getting him back for another season.