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Cherries complete Ryan Fredericks signing

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AFC Bournemouth have completed the signing of defender Ryan Fredericks on a two-year contract.

The experienced full-back will arrive at Vitality Stadium on a free transfer upon the expiry of his contract with West Ham United.

The 29-year-old made 77 appearances for the Hammers after signing in June 2018, playing a key role as David Moyes’ team reached the UEFA Europa League semi-final last season.

A graduate of Tottenham Hotspur’s academy, Fredericks made his name during a three-year spell at Fulham, winning promotion to the Premier League in 2018 and being named to the Championship Team of the Season for the 2017/18 campaign.

It was at Craven Cottage where Fredericks enjoyed two seasons playing alongside Scott Parker and he becomes the Cherries head coach’s first signing ahead of the 2022/23 Premier League season.

AFC Bournemouth chief executive Neill Blake told afcb.co.uk: “To be able to sign a player of Ryan’s ability and experience on a free transfer is a coup for the football club.

“I know Scott speaks very highly of his professionalism and character and he’s a talented player that will bolster the squad.

“Ryan has experience of the biggest games, playing regularly in West Ham’s Europa League run last season and has crucial Premier League experience which will be important to our squad for the upcoming campaign.”

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