By David Woods

5th Jun, 2018 | 5:26pm

Done deal – West Ham announce capture of dazzling assist-king

New West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini has made the first signing of his reign and it’s a major one.

Ryan Fredericks – the right-back from Fulham who was a major part of their successful promotion push – has agreed a four-year-deal with the club.

He added nine assists in 44 league games as Fulham made the play-offs, then beat Aston Villa to seal their top-flight status.

The news was announced on the official West Ham Twitter page on Tuesday afternoon.

Talking to the official site after the deal was done, Fredericks said: “It’s amazing for this deal to finally happen.

“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.

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“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.”

Football Insider verdict:

After a torrid year, there must be huge amounts of optimism flooding around the London Stadium at the moment. Pellegrini was a marquee signing as new manager, just what the club needed after the really underwhelming tenure of David Moyes. Moyes kept them up but he was never the man that West Ham fans wanted as manager, and in Pellegrini they’ve got a Premier League winner with ambitions of playing attractive and attacking football. Fredericks is a sign of things to come, with Pellegrini wanting young, fast players to come in and revolutionise the football at the London Stadium. He was one of the standouts in the Championship last season and his nine assists helped propel Fulham back into the Premier League. A few more players of his quality and West Ham fans will believe they’ll have what it takes to challenge for the European places next season. And that’s a whole world away from the relegation fears from earlier in the previous season. Maybe, just maybe, the board might get an easier ride if things carry on like this? Stranger things have happened in football.

In other West Ham transfer news, Rangers are plotting a bid to sign an enforcer exiting the London Stadium this summer.

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