By Richard Parks
West Ham United are close to agreeing a deal to sign Fulham right-back Ryan Fredericks on a free transfer, according to a club insider.
ExWHUemployee, who regularly breaks Hammers transfer and news stories on Twitter including the Patrice Evra deal last week, explained in an exchange on the social media site on Sunday morning that Fredericks, 25, was at the top of the club’s shopping list.
ExWHUemployee said in reply to a question from a fellow West Ham fan about the Fulham speed machine that the east Londoners are “quite close” to sealing the signing of him as they look to provide senior competition for current right-backs Pablo Zabaleta and Sam Byram.
He is top of our list yes! Apparently the deal is quite close to being agreed! He will provide solid competition to Byram and Zabaletta and brings a lot of pace to the position https://t.co/nDCZAVOOZT
— ExWHUemployee (@ExWHUemployee) February 11, 2018
Fredericks joined Fulham in the summer of 2015 from Bristol City just 25 days after he had been released by Tottenham, where he played just four senior matches after graduating from their youth team ranks.
He has been a key member of the promotion chasing Championship side in the last few seasons, accumulating 96 appearances in all competitions.
Fredericks has started 29 league matches for the Cottagers this season and supplied an impressive seven assists.
He can be signed for free in the summer because his contract at Fulham is due to expire.
In other West Ham transfer news, the club are close to signing a 27-year-old two days after ripping his contract up.