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West Ham United have confirmed on their official website that Sam Byram has joined Nottingham Forest on a season-long loan deal.

The news will come as little surprise to the Hammers faithful, with speculation over the former Leeds United right-back’s future common place in the last few months.

Byram has slipped down the pecking order at West Ham and the summer arrival of Ryan Fredericks has all-but denied him the potential chance to play in the Premier League this season.

A move to Forest will give the Hammers man more of an opportunity to get regular first-team football, with the deal suiting all parties.

West Ham will hope that Byram can get back to his best form in the Championship – something that he has failed to do consistently since joining from Leeds in January 2016.

The 24-year-old defender is clearly gifted but a lack of opportunities and inconsistency has led to the Irons faithful not seeing the best from him.

Forest boss Aitor Karanka has been vocal in his desire to sign Byram and as such a place in the City Ground outfit’s starting XI seems likely.

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