West Ham United defender Ryan Fredericks can officially speak to other clubs in January and eventually leave on a free transfer.
The Hammers signed pacy right-back Fredericks back in the summer of 2018 on a four year deal (whufc.com).
But the former Fulham star has struggled to ever truly establish himself in the West Ham side.
David Moyes then went out and signed Vladimir Coufal who quickly did just that. Indeed the Czech star has carved out a reputation as one of the best right backs in the Premier League.
Fredericks has been a useful squad player over the last 18 months under Moyes at West Ham.
And his pace is always a real asset.
But West Ham face losing Fredericks on a free transfer as he can negotiate a pre-contract agreement with foreign clubs from January 1st 2022.
As things stand, Fredericks’s West Ham contract expires at the end of June 2022.
As yet West Ham have not offered Fredericks a new deal.
And with the emergence of Ben Johnson and behind him academy star Harrison Ashby, that seems unlikely.
So if Fredericks does not agree a move to a foreign club in January, the Hammers may elect to sell for a nominal fee if there are any interested clubs.
Failing that the ex Spurs man will then be a free agent come July.
But, depending on the progress of Johnson and Ashby this season, don’t be surprised if Moyes has a change of heart on Fredericks as pace is such a vital and expensive commodity in top level football.
The 19-year-old right-back made his first team debut in the Carabao Cup last season. And he certainly seems to have something special about him. The Scotland under-21 international encapsulates everything about what being a modern day full-back should be.
Ashby is incredibly energetic and possesses pace in abundance.
He is a strong tackler, has a fine positional sense and reads the game well.
The young Scot is really good going forward as well. He has become renowned for making lung-busting runs up and down the right-hand flank.
Under the guidance of Moyes and learning from a player like Coufal, Ashby could really go far and make the ideal long-term replacement for Fredericks.