‘He was too highly rated and too expensive’ – Farke’s delight at bucking the trend with Byram

Sam Byram in action for Leeds in April 2015, chasing Norwich City favourite Wes Hoolahan during a 2-

Sam Byram in action for Leeds in April 2015, chasing Norwich City favourite Wes Hoolahan during a 2-0 Championship win at Elland Road for City. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Daniel Farke is a pleased man after Norwich City achieved one of their big recruitment goals this summer with the arrival of Sam Byram.

The 25-year-old right-back has joined the Canaries from West Ham for an initial fee believed to be £750,000, committing to a four-year deal in the process.

And the Canaries head coach is already looking forward to working with the former Leeds youngster, who will be vying with Max Aarons for Premier League game-time on the City right.

"A few years ago he was probably not possible to sign because he was too highly rated and too expensive," said Farke.

"Right now, we had the opportunity and big compliments to Stuart Webber that we were able to agree a deal.

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"I'm delighted with this signing. A right-back was more or less the last position where we didn't have a second specialist. After Ivo Pinto left and also Felix Passlack, it was important to bring in another option. I'm pretty delighted that we've been able to announce Sam, we are all happy he's together with us.

"The most important topic is that he is full of potential and full of quality and he has proved this. At a young age, he was highly-rated.

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"I like a lot that he's flexible in order to cover different positions. Of course, he played pretty often in the recent months in the full-back position but he can also play in the winger position."

Byram had limited outings during a Championship loan spell at Nottingham Forest last term, and hasn't made a first-team appearance for the Hammers since March 2018.

"Sadly the last two years he had some injuries but right now, he is back and he was even able to play the last five or six games for Nottingham Forest," added Farke.

"He's had a good pre-season and is in a good shape. Of course, he needs some time to adapt to our group and our way of football, but if he's able to use his potential again we have a really, really good signing.

Byram is City's fourth new recruit this summer - and the first to come with a transfer fee.

Forward Patrick Roberts will spend the campaign on a domestic loan from Manchester City, while goalkeeper Ralf Fahrmann arrived on an international season's loan from Schalke and striker Josip Drmic joined as a free agent after leaving Borussia Monchengladbach.

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