Football: West Ham sign defender Fredericks from Fulham

Fulham's English defender Ryan Fredericks celebrates on the pitch after the English Championship play-off final football match between Aston Villa and Fulham at Wembley Stadium in London on May 26, 2018.
Fulham's English defender Ryan Fredericks celebrates on the pitch after the English Championship play-off final football match between Aston Villa and Fulham at Wembley Stadium in London on May 26, 2018.PHOTO: AFP

WEST HAM (REUTERS) - West Ham United have signed right back Ryan Fredericks on a four-year deal from promoted Fulham, the east London club said on Tuesday (June 5).

Fredericks, who was named in the PFA Championship team of the year last season, is newly-appointed West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini's first signing.

"I'm just buzzing to be here," the 25-year-old said in a statement on West Ham's website. "It just felt like, for the next step of my career, I would be best suited coming here."

Fulham won promotion to the Premier League after beating Aston Villa 1-0 in the Championship playoff final last month.

Fredericks came through Tottenham Hotspur's youth system and signed for Bristol City in August 2015, before returning to London with Fulham less than a month later.

He has made more than 100 appearances for Fulham, including 48 last season.

"I am very pleased to welcome Ryan to West Ham United as our first signing this summer," Pellegrini said.

"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."