COMMENT

Everton must act fast to beat Arsenal in a swoop for Fulham right-back Ryan Fredericks this summer, with the defender available on a free transfer.

There has been previous interest in the Cottagers full-back from the Blues but now with Arsenal said to be considering a move for the 25-year-old, the Toffees must act quickly.

The Sun claimed that Arsenal have made an enquiry to Fulham already after the player impressed Gunners scouts.

Fredericks has been hugely impressive operating down the right throughout the club’s march up the table where they currently occupy third spot in the Championship after overtaking Aston Villa.

Mainly a right-back, the 25-year-old is versatile and can also be deployed down the right of midfield.

With nine assists to his name this season from defence, you’d have to wonder what effect he could have on a stale Everton attack which could do with some form of footballing-resuscitation.

As it stands Seamus Coleman is the main-man in the position and although he has performed consistently since his return to the first-team, he is yet to reach the standards he produced pre-injury.

But with the Ireland international a firm-favourite of Blues supporters, it’s unlikely Fredericks could usurp the 29-year-old.

That being said, Fredericks could be utilised down the right of midfield in a defensive line-up against the so-called bigger teams in the Premier League and offer a potent alternative to what they currently have.

On a free transfer he could be one of the bargains of the summer.

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