Nottingham Forest need to be positioning themselves at the front of the queue for Sam Byram.

The 2018-19 campaign may not have gone to plan for the full-back, but he has still endeared himself to many.

To have done that across just four appearances says plenty about the 25-year-old.

He appeared to be the shrewd addition the Reds hoped he would be when opening the season with Championship and Carabao Cup outings.

The injury bug struck again at the end of August, though, and he would not be seen for another eight months.

Byram was, however, back with a bang against Sheffield Wednesday.

He made a mockery of his lack of playing time at Hillsborough to catch the eye.

There was little sign of rustiness in South Yorkshire.

Well, from Byram at least.

As others toiled, Premier League pedigree shone through in the Reds’ right-back berth.

Interest

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Unsurprisingly, attention has quickly turned from the present to future.

Forest are being urged to explore the possibility of doing a permanent deal.

Or another loan.

Anything, really.

Byram has left the transfer door open.

He has said in the Nottingham Post: “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.

“Nothing has been said yet about my future yet. As far as I am aware, I will head back to West Ham, speak with the manager and go from there.”

While Byram is planning talks at the end of the season, Forest should be seeking discussions now.

If a proven performer were to shine over the remainder of the campaign, then interest will build.

Options

 

The Reds need to ensure that options do not get as far as player and agent.

Give him the chance to return to the City Ground and hope that he sticks to his word.

“I would not turn that opportunity down.”

Write that down and stick it to his locker!

If West Ham were prepared to part with him last summer, nothing has happened in the East End to suggest that the picture has shifted.

If Forest ask questions now, they may just get the answers they are looking for.

Delay, though, and the market could become crowded.

If a window of opportunity has been opened, the Reds need to leap through.

Seeing it slam in their face as a result of not acting quickly enough would only serve to add to the mounting sense of frustration on Trentside.

No deal can be signed at this stage, but the paperwork can be drawn up.