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By Paul Blakeman

West Ham United fans might be disappointed following Fulham’s play-off success after Ryan Fredericks has pointed towards remaining at Craven Cottage.

The Hammers are reportedly keen on signing the right-back as a free agent this summer, as per the London Evening Standard.

But Fredericks, who joined Fulham in 2015 after a 26-day-spell at Bristol City, insists that he can fulfil his ambitions with the Cottagers.

“It’s up to the people behind the scenes but I’m sure everyone will want to stay and play at the highest level with Fulham and see what we can achieve,” he said.

“You look at the players we’re attracting, like Aleksandar Mitrovic, we’ve already got Premier League players in the Championship so I’m sure we’re going to build again and have many years in the Premier League.”

West Ham will be looking to bolster their defence as they shipped 68 goals last season – the most of any Premier League club.

Whilst West Ham may appear to have experience in decorated players such as Pablo Zabaleta, the majority of their defence are past the prime of their careers whilst returning young starlet Reece Oxford has failed to impress on loan at German club Borussia Monchengladbach, making just seven league appearances for the Foals.

A player of Fredericks quality would be welcomed at the London Stadium, but even if Manuel Pellegrini does manage to secure his signature, he surely won’t be the last through the door as West Ham fans will be hoping to secure a Europa League place next season.

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