Norwich City have signed full-back Sam Byram from Premier League rivals West Ham United for an undisclosed fee.
Byram joined the Hammers in a £4million deal from Leeds United in January 2016 but failed to establish himself with the east Londoners and managed just 36 appearances in all competitions. The 25-year-old spent last season on loan in the Championship with Nottingham Forest but missed the majority of the campaign after a knee operation.
Despite featuring just eight times for Forest, they had been keen to land Byram on a permanent deal but Norwich have won the battle for his signature. Byram becomes Norwich boss Daniel Farke’s eighth permanent capture of the summer and 10th overall, with winger Patrick Roberts and keeper Ralf Fahrmann joining on loan from Manchester City and Schalke respectively.
Norwich begin the new season with a tough trip to Liverpool on Friday, August 9 and they are 17.00 to pick up all three points at Anfield. Liverpool, who are 3.40 to win the Premier League outright, are 1.17 to beat the Canaries and a draw is 7.00.
Farke will continue to look to bring in some new faces before the transfer window slams shut. He has also managed to tie some of the club’s star players down to new deals, with last season’s top scorer Teemu Pukki among those who agreed fresh terms earlier in the summer.