By Hugh Southon
West Ham United are in a four-way fight to land out of contract Fulham right back Ryan Fredericks.
Fulham are desperate for him to renew following their promotion to the Premier League and both Southampton and Crystal Palace are interested in the defender.
Fredericks is is currently away in Las Vegas, with the Fulham team as they celebrate their arrival in the Premier League but the Irons are due to meet him on early on Monday as they move fast to get their man.
There is big confidence in the Irons camp that they can persuade Fredericks to sign as they believe they can outbid the other clubs on his personal terms.
The world wide reputation of new manager Manuel Pellegrini could also count heavily as the player considers his decision.
The Hammers are keen to get their summer business completed as quickly as possible and want to avoid a bidding war over Fredericks.
The 25 year old was voted into the PFA Championship side of the year and his serious pace and athleticism is considered right exactly what the Irons require.
The club are very hopeful Fredericks will be the first player to put pen to paper as they move fast to complete their business with more signings expected over the next two or three weeks.