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West Ham announce Sam Byram signing as Everton miss out

West Ham promise more playing time to player to complete deal.

Sam Byram in potentially his last Leeds United game.
Sam Byram in potentially his last Leeds United game.
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After weekend rumors that Sam Byram was headed to Everton and even possibly a medical was completed the news took a turn early in the week and now he has officially joined West Ham on a four and a half year deal. Byram would have been a good signing for Everton, but Roberto Martinez was unable to convince him that his role would be large enough.

Everton currently needs cover at right back until Seamus Coleman is healthy, but after that Byram might be stuck in a tough spot. He would be fighting Coleman for playing time and probably play mainly in FA Cup games. The situation gets even worse in the summer when Tyias Browning returns and would enter the right back situation.

That's not a good situation for someone looking to start which is exactly what West Ham is giving Byram. Carl Jenkinson is on loan from Arsenal and has not impressed at the position and the team will be able to throw Byram right in and be a short and long term solution at the position.

While Byram would have been a good short term solution for Everton the player had a better situation with regard to opportunity to play. Competition at the position would have been good for the team, but without paying big bucks the player is going to go with playing time.