Stoke City have launched a £3m bid for Fulham full-back Ryan Fredericks, according to several sources this afternoon.

The Premier League club are hopeful of tying up a deal for the former Tottenham and Bristol City defender, who is out of contract in the summer, and believe that a substantial offer could be accepted by the Championship club. The Guardian’s deputy sports editor, Ed Aarons, revealed that the Potters had submitted a £3m bid for Fredericks earlier this afternoon.

he 25 year-old, whose adventurous nature has made him a key part of Slavisa Jokanovic’s plans, has made 73 appearances for the Whites since signing for a nominal fee from the Robins in August 2015 but has yet to agree terms on a new deal, even though negotiations at Motspur Park began during the summer.

It is thought that a number of suitors would be keen on Fredericks, whose fitness has improved greatly since the start of his time at Craven Cottage, and the player himself has ambitions to play at the highest possible level. Jokanovic, who this afternoon issued his employers with an extraordinary ultimatum requesting that they either investment in the squad during the January transfer widow or sack him, would take a dim view of Fulham seeking to cash in on their first choice full back after the Whites failed to replace Scott Malone following the left back’s departure during pre-season.