West Ham announce signing of the man Rafa Benitez wanted this summer – Typical NUFC

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!).

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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About Olly Hawkins

Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.

4 thoughts on “West Ham announce signing of the man Rafa Benitez wanted this summer – Typical NUFC

  1. This supposed transfer to NUFC was only reported by these Newcastle United website, not the big news outlets.
    Every major newspaper in England had been reporting that it was only West Ham who were after Fredricks.
    A lot of these websites simply make claims that have no substance at all!


  2. Last season we were allegedly linked with 300 players. About 290 of those had zero substance to them. I tend to think that we’ll know who Rafa is truly after when they sign. He tries to keep his targets close to his chest.


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