Ryan Fredericks is poised to join West Ham on a free transfer next month despite helping Fulham win promotion to the Premier League, according to a report in the Daily Mail.

The 25 year-old right back is reportedly close to agreeing terms with the Hammers and could become new manager Manuel Pellegrini’s first signing since taking over at the London Stadium. West Ham, who have watched the former Tottenham academy graduate since November, are confident of clinching Fredericks’ signature despite Fulham’s determination to hold onto their first-choice right back for their first top flight season in four years. Both Crystal Palace and Newcastle United have also been linked with a move for Fredericks in recent weeks.

Fulham have offered Fredericks a new contract that includes a wage increase and higher bonuses and the speedy defender hinted that he might be tempted to stay at Craven Cottage following the Whites’ play-off final victory over Aston Villa last weekend. Fredericks has made 115 appearances for Fulham since joining the club from Bristol City in August 2015.