However, Forest boss Martin O’Neill still wants to sign him on a permanent basis, although nothing has come of that yet. Indeed, he will seemingly now face competition from Scotland for Byram’s services.
This is an interesting situation. There would appear to be no future for Byram at the London Stadium anymore. He is way down Manuel Pellegrini’s pecking order, with Ryan Fredericks, Pablo Zabaleta and Ben Johnson all ahead of him at this moment in time. So it’s going to be difficult for him to work his way up even if he were to remain at West Ham. It would make sense, then, for the club to move him on this summer if they can find a suitable suitor. Forest obviously stand out as the obvious destination for him, but there has yet to be any movement on that front. That leaves the door open for these unnamed Scottish clubs. Rangers obviously already have a top drawer right back in James Tavernier, so they’re unlikely to be in for Byram. Celtic, though, have plenty of uncertainty at the position so they could be tempted to take a risk on the Hammers’ forgotten man. Let’s wait and see what happens this summer.