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West Ham United defender Sam Byram is a target for Nottingham Forest, the Championship outfit’s manager Aitor Karanka has confirmed.

The Hammers bought the promising right-back from Leeds United, but he has been blighted by injuries during his time in the capital.

Byram has shown glimpses of real potential at West Ham, but the defender has also been caught out by top-level opponents in the Premier League.

A lack of regular action under both Slaven Bilic and David Moyes suggests that the 24-year-old could well be surplus to requirements at the Hammers.

West Ham have landed Ryan Fredericks this summer on a free transfer from Fulham and with Pablo Zabaleta still on the books, Byram is down the pecking order – despite a new manager arriving at the club in the form of Manuel Pellegrini.

Forest boss Karanka has confirmed that he is interested in the Irons defender and wants to seal a potential deal as soon as possible.

“Sam is one of them (we are looking at). He is a Premier League player and we need to work differently in different situations,” he told the Nottingham Post.

“I have known Sam since he played for Leeds.

“There are more players on the list, because we have to try to bring in the best option for us.”

In reality a summer departure could well be the best option for both West Ham and Byram, who has struggled to make a lasting impact at the Premier League club.

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