West Ham sign defender Byram from Championship side Leeds

Leeds defender Sam Byram has joined Premier League side West Ham.

Nigel Roddis

LONDON —

West Ham has signed defender Sam Byram from Leeds for an undisclosed fee.

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The 22-year-old Byram joins the English Premier League club on a four-and-a-half year contract after rejecting a move to Everton.

”I’m unbelievably proud and happy to join a club as big as this,” Byram said Wednesday after completing his move.

”It’s a childhood dream of mine to play in the Premier League so to have the chance to get into a team like this…I just want to get my head down and work hard and hopefully get a chance,” Byram added.

Byram turned down Everton on Monday after holding discussions with Toffees manager Roberto Martinez.

He could make his debut for the Hammers against title-chasing Manchester City at Upton Park on Saturday.