By Richard Parks
West Ham United are close to agreeing a deal to sign Fulham right-back Ryan Fredericks – and fans have taken to Twitter to mostly express their delight.
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 reaching an agreement to sign him as they look to provide senior competition for current right-backs Pablo Zabaleta and Sam Byram.
He explained that David Moyes’ team are keen to snap up Fredericks because of the pace and thrust he would provide on the right flank.
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
The defender is available on a free transfer in the summer, when his contract at Craven Cottage is due to expire.
West Ham fans are mostly pleased that a deal is close for the proven Championship performer, with one stating that it is “music to my ears”.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Music to my ears, this is the type of signing we should be aiming for.
— Rob Waldon WHUFC ⚒ (@RobWaldon) February 11, 2018
Hey Ex good morning how are you? What’s up? Oh that’s good news about us signing Fredericks potentially am I right? A right back apparently! Free transfer nice one right up David Sullivan’s street eh? He loves a freebie eh? I wish I had his money & spend it on new players ok.
— Michael A Gomes (@MichaelAGomes5) February 11, 2018
i cant think of a player that wouldn’t provide solid competition for Byram.
— Peter Jamieson (@PeterJamieson1) February 11, 2018
Any chance we can go for his mate sessegnon at lb
— Rob Bryan (@RobBryan1987) February 11, 2018
Is this Fredericks not under contract then? Don’t know his story but seems odd. Unless it’s a deal for the summer?
— Rob (@BobbyMac5) February 11, 2018
As our squad is quite old will we be Looking to bring in younger players in the summer ?? Players with potential rather than old boys looking for the final pay day
— ⚒Eddie Wilson ⚒ (@swoopwing) February 11, 2018
yea mate i’ve been to both of fulhams recent home matches He’s been solid in both Tutored by Zaba for a year and then bam should be quality
— DLew WHU (@MA_USA_Hammers) February 11, 2018
Tottenham academy product Fredericks joined Fulham in the summer of 2015 after a spell of just a month at Bristol City.
He has been a key member of the promotion chasing Championship side in the last few seasons, accumulating 96 appearances in all competitions and weighing in with 14 assists.
Fredericks has started 29 league matches for the Cottagers this season and supplied an impressive seven assists.
He made just four appearances for the senior Tottenham side.
In other West Ham transfer news, the club are close to signing a 27-year-old two days after ripping his contract up.