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Defender report could spell end for Fredericks

West Ham are reportedly interested in a deal to sign Norwich right-back Max Aarons, which could spell the end for Ryan Fredericks!

The Independent has reported that the Hammers are in the race to bring the defender into the club after he was told by Norwich that he will be allowed to leave this summer.

There is also interest from Everton, and there has been interest from a number of big European clubs previously, including Barcelona and Bayern Munich casting an eye in his direction.

Aarons has been absolutely central to Norwich sauntering to promotion this season after last year’s relegation.

Of course, there has been an initial wave of scepticism because of Vlad Coufal’s warrior-like performance at right-back.

But we cannot merely assume that he will always be fit and always be available to play, so a move for Aarons may be seen as a way to usher Fredericks out of the frame.

The 28-year-old has made just five starts this season and has repeatedly struggled with injuries.

He’s missed seven games this season through injury, having missed 12 last season, and even as a deputy, he simply can’t be trusted to be fit.

By comparison, Aarons has missed two games through injury in his entire career, back in the 2019/20 season.


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6 comments on “Defender report could spell end for Fredericks

  1. The reports linking Aarons to us are rubbish but yes I believe Fredericks spell is at West Ham is at an end. To be honest he has been very lucky, whoever recommended his signing is hopefully no longer at the club. A good honest pro but he was a terrible buy for us and his spell should have been up a long time ago. The signing of Coufal further confirmed this.

  2. I don’t believe this for a minute. Why would we look to invest 30 million on a right back, when we already have one of the best in the league. There is no denying that he has a lot of potential, but why on earth we would look to spend most of our budget on a position where we already have adequate cover. Need to focus on a striker & a central midfielder, then if we manage to shift the likes of Anderson, Yarmolenko & Lanzini, then by all means go for him, but would be amazed if there was any real truth in this.

  3. I think that we will be linked to every man and his dog again. The need is great elsewhere (central midfield, striker and perhaps left-back) plus we need to try to sign Lingaard – so I don’t think there is much in this story

    I will wait until signings are announced before getting excited or disappointed

  4. Please please please after 4 seasons get a left back and then you can let Johnson move to his proper position at RB supporting Coufal.
    So apart from 2 forwards, a Centre mid, a left back and a keeper or and a CB it’s going to be a quiet summer!
    Time for Coventry and a couple of the others to step up as proper squad players.
    Fredericks is injured all the time, Yarmelenko, Lanzini and I doubt we will ( should) see much of Nobes.
    I read Balbuena is going on a free as well, so plenty of work to be done….
    oh and Anderson…

  5. Behave would be great to sell Fred Yarmo lanzini and a few others but we need and always have done a left back both Cresswell and masu can’t defend so get in a proper left back mid defensive and two strikers as asp then sell off those no longer needed getting in a younger keeper as lingards money is already there to buy him from selling in last summers period of transfers

  6. Agree with most we need a LB & Aaron’s has a lot to suitors & will be in the PL £30m I don’t see it. Christian Gunter is an experienced LB I’ve banged on about for years. Wanted him since 25 he just turned 28, he is captain at SC Freiburg who are one of the better defensive sides in Bundesliga bvaing same manager for 10 years Stretch. Gunter is 6′ has some pace is a good defender has a great left peg & cross. He had most crosses into box last season other the Sancho can play LB & LWB. Unfortunately signed a new deal this year but still think £10m does it less last summer. Same league Borna Sosa at Stuttgart has assisted 5 of Kalajdzic who we are linked with is very good young LB & Porto’s Zanidu Sansui been beast tall strong LB LWB can cross & actor solid defender. Liga NOS have a few Mended too. Not to keen on the Moreno link.
    If Frederick’s goes & Lanzini Yarmo Anderson Martin our squad goes to 18 not counting Anderson so unlike Harewood says we do need players. If Frederick’s didn’t get injuries I’d keep for winger cover & WB unless get £8-10m and Balbuena few months ago he wanted to stay & then his agent comes out talking off move, I’d give him a two year deal. He gets under appreciated imo £4m on £40k be hard to find a CB with PL experience on that money who is happy being squad player & is a solid CB. Let’s be honest he has been good with Diop Oggy whoever when he gets chance isn’t fast but decent passer & solid defender. I think our best pairing was him in Oggy, keep him & Dawson then we don’t need buy CB give our youth time to grow.

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