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Pellegrini lands first signing

Filed: Tuesday, 5th June 2018
By: Staff Writer

West Ham have completed the signing of full back Ryan Fredericks from Fulham.

The 25-year-old defender, who started life as a winger at Tottenham was confirmed as the first player to be signed on Manuel Pellegrini's watch today (Tuesday) and will sign a four-year contract upon returning from holiday.

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"Itís amazing for this deal to finally happen," Fredericks told the club's website. "I know weíve been speaking about it for a while and trying to get things in place and finally, weíve got it over the line.

"Iím just buzzing to be here. West Ham United is one of the biggest clubs in the Premier League. Everyone knows the history of West Ham and thereís a lot of factors that brought me to the club.

"Obviously, itís 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. Iím sure I can learn a lot from him."

Fredericks was welcomed to the club by manager Pellegrini, who is currently in Chile recovering from being victim of an armed robbery at the weekend.

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"I am very pleased to welcome Ryan as our first signing this summer," he said. "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."

Fredericks' squad number is yet to be confirmed.

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