Leeds United right-back Sam Byram has officially completed his move to West Ham United, and he's made the right decision by choosing the Hammers over Everton.
The young defender has been one to watch over the past few years as he's continued to develop into a very decent young full-back.
However, he's deemed it time to leave Leeds in order to further his career and he's now taken the steps into the Premier League for the first time.
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Byram On the Move
At first it looked like the 22-year-old was set to join Roberto Martinez's Everton. The two clubs reached an agreement and Byram was set to undergo a medical before discussing personal terms with the Merseyside club.
This was until the last minute when West Ham got involved in the deal and also made an offer to Leeds. That bid was also accepted and the right-back also held talks with the London club.
According to Leeds United president, Massimo Cellino, Byram had already made his decision, despite it not being officially announced.
Cellino has been quoted in several newspapers as saying: "I'm really sorry for Everton because they really acted like gentlemen, but Sam chose West Ham."
West Ham is the right choice
So why is Byram right to choose West Ham? Well it's a transfer that makes a lot of sense from all parties.
Leeds still sell the player and still get the same transfer fee for him, West Ham sign themselves a very decent and young right-back, and Byram is almost guaranteed to get more game time at Upton Park than he would have done at Goodison.
The Toffees have one of the best right-backs in the Premier League in Seamus Coleman, and although he is considerably older, he is still only 27 and has plenty of years left in him.
Whether Byram would have been good enough to knock Coleman out of the first team is not known, but a move to West Ham makes a lot more sense.
The Hammers currently have Carl Jenkinson as their main right-back, but we all know he is on loan from Arsenal for the season.
It's believed Jenkinson will return to the Gunners at the end of the campaign and tussle with Hector Bellerin for the right-back spot in north London.
Therefore Slaven Bilic would be without a right-back ahead of next season. Not anymore though.
As soon as Jenkinson departs Upton Park, they will already have his replacement at the club and in place..
He's made the right choice by snubbing Everton for West Ham and he can now have a few months of settling into life with the Hammers before taking over the reigns as first choice right-back next season.
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