Just a week ago the Chronicle confirmed that Fulham full-back Ryan Fredericks was a summer target of Rafa Benitez’s, however, in typical NUFC style, it’s just been confirmed that the 25-year-old has signed a four-year-deal with West Ham on a free.
The 25-year-old has just enjoyed an impressive season in the Championship – bagging 9 goals from right-back and helping Fulham to promotion – however he failed to agree a new contract at Craven Cottage, leaving him available for nothing this summer.
The Chronicle claimed that the signing of a new right-back was one of Rafa’s top priorities this summer and revealed that Fredericks was a player on his wish-list, but it’s West Ham who have signed him (sounds familiar doesn’t it!).
West Ham United are delighted to confirm the signing of right-back Ryan Fredericks.https://t.co/XZ9UHwKTw5
— #ImForever (@WestHamUtd) June 5, 2018
He’s got bags of pace and was described as the best right-back in the Championship last season, but being a London lad it’s no surprise to see him opt for West Ham – especially when they’re bound to have offered a bigger wage packet than us.
I won’t lose sleep over this one, but let’s hope missing out on targets doesn’t become a theme this summer..
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