Byram: ‘Perfect decision’ to choose West Ham over Everton

Rob Conlon
Sam Byram: Defender joined West Ham in January

Sam Byram: Defender joined West Ham in January

Former Leeds United defender Sam Byram insists he has no regrets about snubbing a move to Everton to sign for West Ham.

Byram looked set to move to the Toffees in January before West Ham stole in to sign the 22-year-old in a £3.7million deal.

And the right-back says he is now fully settled in east London, thanks to some home comforts.

“I have really settled in well, it was strange at first moving all the way down here,” he told London24Sport.

“My first two weeks living in a hotel was a bit different but I am in my apartment now and settled in with the staff and the players. It has been a big help having some family here. Going round for a lovely Sunday dinner made it all feel more homely for me.

“At the time it was a big decision (between West Ham and Everton) and I had a few sleepless nights but a month in I don’t think it could have gone better.

“Everyone has been so nice and I think it has been the perfect decision. I said to my brother the other day, he is thinking of moving down here, that the way it is going I think I could see myself living here the rest of my life.

“It depends how I do but if I can do well and keep my head down, there is no reason I would look elsewhere.”

Despite making three appearances in the Premier League, Byram has been in and out of the Hammers’ squad due to the fact he is ineligible for the FA Cup, having already appeared in the competition for Leeds.

And the former Leeds Player of the Year admits he slightly regrets playing in the third round against Rotherham, given that his new club have now reached the quarter-finals.

“It has been very frustrating for me. Coming in for a week and then the next week I am missing the game,” he added.

“There has been a lot of big games and results I have missed. The weekend just gone at Blackburn and then the Liverpool last minute winner. It is frustrating watching but I am new and working hard to bed my way in.

“Nothing was solid at the time (of the FA Cup game) but the game for Leeds was. At the time I was a Leeds player and I wanted to give everything I could for Leeds in the game.

“The manager wanted me to play and I couldn’t refuse. I enjoyed every game I played for Leeds. Looking back now I would probably have been a bit more reluctant to play but at the time I couldn’t look too far ahead.”