Tuesday, January 19

Hammers bag Byram?

Several papers today claim that West Ham have beaten Everton to the signature of Leeds' right back Sam Byram fore £3.7m. The promising defender is only 22 and can play in midfield too, though right-back is his preferred position. This would seem to indicate that Carl Jenkinson will be returning to Arsenal after his season-long loan at Upton Park and that Byram will compete with James Tomkins for the right back spot, with Joey O'Brien presumably moving on as well. Slaven Bilic has come up with quite a good system in recent games of playing Tomkins early on and then bringing on Jenkinson when we need to chase games, as at Bournemouth and Newcastle. With Byram, Jenkinson, Tomkins, Ogbonna, Reid, Collins and Cresswell all competing for defensive places we'll certainly have options at the back.

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