West Ham right-back Sam Byram is Nottingham Forest’s priority this summer, according to reports. The Nottingham Post claims that reports linking Forest with a move for Tom Lockyer are wide of the mark as Byram is the top target.
Lockyer has left Bristol Rovers and is a free agent. The Wales international, 23, has previously been linked with Nottingham Forest. He can play at right-back or centre-back, making him an attractive bargain option.
However, Martin O’Neill would prefer to sign Byram instead. Nottingham Forest are waiting to hear back from West Ham as they aim to kickstart their summer by bringing him back to the East Midlands.
Sam Byram situation
Byram faces a big decision this summer. The former Leeds United right-back has returned to West Ham with doubt surrounding his future.
During his season at Nottingham Forest, Byram missed seven months through injury. But before and after that long-term knee injury, he impressed with his performances.
This has convinced O’Neill to attempt to re-sign him. But Nottingham Forest will have to wait to learn whether he has a future in East London first.
Byram is set for showdown talks with Manuel Pellegrini. Pablo Zabaleta signed a one-year contract extension and Ryan Fredericks has found his form after a slow start.
The Hammers also have youngster Ben Johnson pushing for places. This could push Byram back out of the exit door. But maybe Pellegrini will give him one last chance in pre-season.