Rangers are firmly in the race to sign West Ham defender Sam Byram as they continue the radical overhaul of their back line, according to a Hammers insider.
Ex-WHU Employee, who is a very reliable source of transfer news, has claimed on the West Ham Way podcast broadcast on Phoenix FM on Wednesday night (30:30) the Scottish giants are in pursuit of the right-back, 24, despite already signing three defenders this summer.
It is explained there is also widespread interest in former Leeds United player Byram from a number of English Championship clubs.
“There’s been interest in Sam Byram,” Ex-WHU Employee told the podcast. “From Leeds, Nottingham Forest and a few other clubs, Sheffield Wednesday and also Rangers are looking at getting him on loan as well.”
Rangers have already brought in three defenders this summer but their radical reshaping of the squad that trailed in Celtic’s wake last season shows no signs of letting up. New manager Steven Gerrard and the Ibrox recruitment staff have already pushed seven new signings over the line, including centre-back pair Nikola Katic and Connor Goldson, and right-back Jon Flanagan. Like ex-Liverpool man Flanagan, Byram is predominantly a right-back. However, the Leeds academy product can also slot in on the right side of midfield, as he did for some of his time at the Yorkshire giants, where he scored 10 goals and supplied 12 assists from 143 appearances. The move to West Ham has not been a huge success for Byram, who has made just 36 senior appearances in two-and-a-half years and has watched as Pablo Zabaleta and Ryan Fredericks have been signed to play in his position in the last two summers. Nevertheless, he would be a brilliant capture for Rangers and could make just as big an impact as Declan John did after initially joining on loan from Cardiff last August.