West Ham have agreed a deal to sign right-back Ryan Fredericks from Premier League new boys Fulham.
The 25-year-old will pen a four-year contract to become new manager Manuel Pellegrini’s first signing when his present terms with Fulham expire on July 1.
“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,” Fredericks told the Hammers’ official website. “It’s amazing for this deal to finally happen.
“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.
“It just felt like, for the next step of my career, I would be best suited coming here.”
Fredericks was named in the PFA Championship Team of the Year for his performances throughout the 2017-18 season, which concluded with Fulham winning promotion to the top flight via the play-off final.
He will vie for selection with Pablo Zabaleta, once at Manchester City with Pellegrini, and the manager added: “I am very pleased to welcome Ryan 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.”