West Ham sign Ryan Fredericks from Fulham on free transfer
PUBLISHED: 17:36 05 June 2018 | UPDATED: 17:36 05 June 2018
Right-back becomes Manuel Pellegrini’s first signing for the Hammerds
West Ham have beaten off the likes of Newcastle United and Crystal Palace to secure the signing of Fulham right-back Ryan Fredericks.
The 25-year-old defender signs in a four-year deal on a free transfer and comes after he played an important part in helping The Cottagers to promotion into the Premier League with their 1-0 play-off win over Aston Villa at Wembley last month.
But it seems his rejection of a new deal at the Cottage alerted the Hammers to the player and he moves to the London Stadium on an initial three-year deal.
The player was naturally delighted to be making the move.
““It’s amazing for this deal to finally happen,” Fredericks told whufc.com. “I know we’ve been speaking about it for a while and trying to get things in place and finally, we’ve got it over the line. I’m just buzzing to be here.
“West Ham United is one of the biggest clubs in the Premier League. Everyone knows the history of West Ham and there’s a lot of factors that brought me to the club.
“Obviously, it’s an exciting time for West Ham. The club have just brought in a new manager in Manuel Pellegrini and everyone knows his CV and what he has done in England before and in other leagues as well. I’m sure I can learn a lot from him.
“It just felt like, for the next step of my career, I would be best suited coming here.”
Fredericks’ decision to leave newly-promoted Fulham, where he played 114 games in three seasons – although he failed to score in any of them – is a slightly strange one.
He was a number one choice at Fulham in a settled side about to embark on his first Premier League campaign, but instead he has opted to join a team that have the experienced Pablo Zabaleta as their current right-back, with Sam Byram as the back-up.
Fredericks is known for his sheer pace, something that has been missing in recent West Ham squads.
He was a district 100 metre champion in his youth and West Ham’s new boss will look to utilize that pace for his attacking style.
The Fulham full-back is the first piece in Pellegrini’s jigsaw and the boss is pleased to have got it done.
The Chilean said: “I am very pleased to welcome Ryan to West Ham United as our first signing this summer. He joins having had a successful season with Fulham and is a player who will bring great qualities to our squad.
“He has good experience, with more than 150 senior appearances already but, at 25, he is still a young player with his best years ahead of him.
“Ryan has good character, is hungry to succeed, and has shown me that he has great desire to be a West Ham United player. I look forward to working with him.”