Sam Byram is expected to leave West Ham United this summer if the club complete the signing of Fulham full-back Ryan Fredericks, according to Football.London.
The proposed arrival of the Championship star would leave no room for the former Leeds United man, given that fellow right-back Pablo Zabaleta is expected to remain with the Hammers for a further 12 months.
It appears that a disappointing spell in claret and blue is drawing to a close for Byram, who has failed to live up to his potential since joining in January 2016.
The Englishman made his full debut for Yorkshire outfit Leeds in August 2012 at the age of just 18 and over the following few years established himself as a regular in the side.
It seemed inevitable that Premier League clubs would come calling and West Ham secured Byram’s signature for a fee reported by The Independent to be £3.7 million midway through the 2015-16 campaign.
However, he has never kicked on for the Irons, thanks in part to a series of fitness issues that have prevented him from getting a consistent run of matches under his belt.
This term he has made only four top-flight appearances, each of which have come since the turn of the year when David Moyes’ men were experiencing an injury crisis.
At 24, Byram has time to get his career back on track but it seems increasingly clear that he needs to move away from the London Stadium to play the regular minutes that he craves.
Manager Moyes is unlikely to turn to an inconsistent performer as the season nears its climax with the team embroiled in a relegation battle.
Nonetheless, Byram should be able to secure a deal with a side in the lower reaches of the Premier League and fans will no doubt wish him well after a switch which has simply not worked out as either party would have hoped.