West Ham have signed defender Sam Byram from Championship outfit Leeds for a fee in the region of £3.7million.

The Hammers beat Premier League rivals Everton to complete the signing of the versatile youngster, who has put pen-to-paper on a four-and-a-half-year contract.

Byram had been a regular at Elland Road since breaking into the first team during the 2012-13 campaign.

The highly-rated defender, who was born in Essex, told West Ham’s official website: “I’m unbelievably proud and happy to join a club as big as this.

“I’m just looking forward to what the future holds and hopefully I can achieve things with the team going forward.”

Byram came through the youth system at Leeds and made 143 appearances in total for the club, scoring 10 goals. He was named The Championship Player of the Month for December after netting three goals for the club.

And Byram, who can operate anywhere down the right-hand side, is relishing his chance to play in the top flight of English football.

He continued: “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 and I just want to get my head down, work hard and hopefully get a chance.

“I spoke to the manager and he is one of the main reasons which attracted me to West Ham. I think he’s done unbelievably well with his team so far, so I’m really looking forward to working with him and his staff.

“My uncle and my cousin are big West Ham fans. It’s nice to have them down here and they’ll help me settle.

“I’m also really looking forward to seeing the new (Olympic) stadium in person. That was another big part in me wanting to come here. It’s a massive part of the future of the club and I can’t wait to see and hopefully play in it.”

West Ham take on Manchester City in the Premier League on Saturday (kick-off 5.30pm) and are 17/4 with BetVictor to win, with Manuel Pellegrini’s side 7/10 and the draw 31/10.

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