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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Sam Byram signs for West Ham from Leeds United after Everton interest

Sam Byram has made 22 league appearances this season.

West Ham United have announced the signing of full-back Sam Byram from Championship side Leeds United for an undisclosed fee.

Byram, 22, joins West Ham on a four-and-a-half year contract with the Premier League club saying they "fought off strong competition" for his signature, with Everton among those interested.

The defender said on his new side's official website: "I'm unbelievably proud and happy to join a club as big as this. I'm just looking forward to what the future holds and hopefully I can achieve things with the team going forward.

"It's a childhood dream of mine to play in the Premier League, so to have the chance to get into a team like this and I just want to get my head down, work hard and hopefully get a chance.

"I spoke to the manager and he is one of the main reasons which attracted me to West Ham. I think he's done unbelievably well with his team so far, so I'm really looking forward to working with him and his staff.

"My uncle and my cousin are big West Ham fans and have bought their tickets for the new stadium. My uncle was down here yesterday getting a shirt with my name on the back! It's nice to have them down here and they'll help me settle so I'm looking forward to seeing them.

"I'm also really looking forward to seeing the new stadium in person. That was another big part in me wanting to come here. It's a massive part of the future of the club and I can't wait to see and hopefully play in it."

Meanwhile sources have told ESPN FC that West Ham United are lining up a move for Fenerbahce's Nigeria international striker Emmanuel Emenike, 

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