June 5, 2018 / 5:37 PM / 6 months ago

West Ham sign defender Fredericks from Fulham

Soccer Football - Championship - Fulham vs Aston Villa - Craven Cottage, London, Britain - February 17, 2018 Fulham's Ryan Fredericks in action with Aston Villa's Birkir Bjarnason Action Images/Paul Childs

(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.

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 here. "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.”

Reporting By Arnab Paul in Bengaluru; Editing by Toby Davis

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