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West Ham signing of Sam Byram imminent, says David Sullivan

Sam Byram should be donning a West Ham jersey this week, Hammers chairman David Sullivan says.

West Ham joint-chairman David Sullivan says his club should complete the signing of Leeds United's Sam Byram by Wednesday.

Everton looked set to land Byram after reportedly agreeing a fee with Leeds, but now West Ham made an approach at the eleventh hour to lure the 22-year-old.

After Leeds owner Massimo Cellino confirmed on Monday that Byram had chosen West Ham, Sullivan said the deal would presently be completed.

"We hoped to sign Sam Byram in the summer when he was out of contract at Leeds and in the last few days it looked like he was going to Everton, so we realised it was now or never," Sullivan told Sky Sports.

"So we had to pitch in and attempt to sign him and hopefully that will go through in the next 24 hours. I would not normally say this but the Leeds chairman has made it public -- because I think it's wrong to talk about what you're doing until it's actually done -- but we have agreed terms with Leeds and the player."

Sullivan also revealed West Ham hoped to bring in more attacking options on loan this month.

"We are looking at a possibility of bringing in a striker on loan with the condition to buy in the next seven days," he added.

"If I told you [who it was], you wouldn't believe it. I can't tell you [what league they play in] then you'd know who it is.

"It's like when we signed [Manuel] Lanzini from -- I don't know what league he was in, but I call it Saudi Arabia, wherever he came from.

"We're signing him from a very strange league but he has played in higher leagues, but it may not happen, it's just a possibility."


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