Nottingham Forest have been handed a boost in their quest to re-sign West Ham United defender Sam Byram.
The Evening Standard is reporting that the right-back is one of eight players set to be offloaded by the Hammers; with boss Manuel Pellegrini keen to reshape his squad.
Byram spent the season on loan at the City Ground but missed seven months of the campaign with a serious knee injury. He returned to the side in April, completing 90 minutes on five occasions.
Boss Martin O’Neill has previously stated that he would be keen to see how his situation at West Ham unfolds (Nottingham Post), but did concede that he wasn’t sure if he had a future at the London Stadium.
Byram joins the likes of Andy Carroll, Javier Hernandez, Pedro Obiang and another former Reds target, Reece Oxford in being deemed surplus to requirements.
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This is great news for Nottingham Forest. Byram might not have played a lot of football, but when he did he showed true quality.
The Hammers may want to make a profit on what they paid for Byram and along with his salary that might prove tricky for Forest to negotiate.
Byram will be keen to play football though. After a series of injuries, next season could be crucial. The 25-year-old is definitely an upgrade on Tendayi Darikwa and his arrival would be a good start for Forest in the transfer window.
The summer is all about adding quality over quantity, with O’Neill’s squad on the bloated side of things. Byram has that splash of Premier League quality that Forest need if they are to succeed next season.