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West Ham eyeing up summer swoop for one of the Championship’s best defenders



West Ham United are interested in securing the signing of Fulham defender Ryan Fredericks on a free transfer at the end of the season, writes Football.London.

The 25-year-old has appeared regularly for the Cottagers this season, playing thirty-one times across league and cup competitions, assisting five times for Slavisa Jokanovic’s side.

The Hammers have struggled this season and lie just four points away from the bottom three, with manager David Moyes keen to strengthen in the summer to avoid another scrap at the foot of the table.

A former Tottenham trainee, Fredericks has enjoyed loan spells with the likes of Brentford, Bristol City and the Cottagers, and represents a low risk summer signing for the Hammers’ board, due to the expiration of his deal at Craven Cottage.

The Verdict

Fredericks failed to break into the first-team set up at White Hart Lane before making the switch to Fulham, where he has begun to establish himself as a solid second tier defender.

Whether he is good enough to make the step up to the Premier League remains to be seen, but Moyes appears keen to take a punt on the player in the summer.

With his contract expiring in the summer, the player would surely jump at the opportunity to play at a higher level should a serious offer materialise.

Fulham fans, let us know your thoughts!