Sam Byram has struck out during his time with West Ham United and Manuel Pellegrini is set to offload the right-back in the coming weeks. The 24-year-old has failed to justify the £3.7m fee the Hammers paid for him in January 2016 to pry him away from Leeds United while facing heavy competition from Everton.
He has appeared in 10 senior team games last term and is currently a luxury that West Ham United can do away with. Byram’s total involvement for the Hammers has been for 36 games during his 2-and-a-half-year stay at West London while managing just two assists.
Granted offensive input is not exactly a requirement but the Englishman has not really come alive in any other parts of the pitch either. With great disappointment, the club might have to part ways with the player in order to better implement their ambitious plans.
The real question lies in who will take him? Rangers FC should certainly take a look into the fullback especially since their defensive ace and club captain, James Tavernier keeps getting linked with a host of Premier League sides.
It was earlier reported that the Gers might also agree to sell him if interested parties met their £4m asking price. It would not be unusual or shocking to see Tavernier make his way out of the Ibrox.
Whenever a new manager takes charge of a club it is expected for the side to undergo heavy changes. Steven Gerrard has just been appointed as head coach to lead the Scottish outfit out of the rut they are stuck in.
Losing 5-0 against Celtic was not in their season plans as the Light Blues fans went back home last month with a heavy heart after watching their bitter rivals lift the Premiership trophy. The former Liverpool player will have to implement a few of his winning philosophies to really make a difference at the club.
He might have a different approach to progress than keeping one of the side’s best defenders. Maybe the fee that Tavernier would fetch the 36-year-old could be reinvested in a more offensive or midfield options.
However, he does not have a lot of option to fall back on. Lee Hodgson is not good enough to fill in on a regular basis, which Byram can, as proven during his 138 appearances for Leeds United. The 24-year-old could also be made available for cheap.