West Ham United have announced the signing of Ryan Fredericks from Fulham. The 25-year-old right-back has signed a 4-year deal with the Hammers and will join on a free transfer after his contract at Fulham expires.
Fredericks made 48 appearances last season for Fulham as they gained promotion to the Premier League, and was included in the EFL Championship Team of the Year 2017/18.
Speaking to the West Ham United website 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. 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.”
On the transfer, Manuel Pellegrini 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.”