By Joe Ellis

26th May, 2022 | 9:05pm

West Ham United defender Ryan Fredericks on radar of Southampton

Southampton are keen on signing West Ham United’s out of contract defender Ryan Fredericks this summer, according to The Telegraph.

The 29-year-old will see his current deal at the London Stadium expire at the end of June and there is no sight of a new deal being put in front of him which indicates that he will be leaving the club on a free transfer come 1 July.

Ralph Hasenhuttl wants his Saints to be the first ones queuing at the door for his signature when that time comes as he looks to cover for the long-term injured Valentino Livramento.

The teenager will be out until the new year with an anterior cruciate ligament injury and Kyle Walker-Peters is expected to continue at left-back where he has performed well enough to get an England call-up this season.

Fulham have also shown a slight interest in Fredericks, who left Craven Cottage for West Ham in 2018, as they look to strengthen their side ahead of their Premier League return.

Waste of time

You can understand Hasenhuttl’s desire to have a backup ready to cover for Livramento while he’s injured but Southampton have one of the country’s most productive academies.

Yan Valery and Kayne Ramsay will both be a little hurt by the Austrian’s insistence on finding a new right-back given they’ve been patiently waiting for a chance to shine in the Premier League since they were of age to play.

For us though, we would love to see Fredericks head to the South Coast because we know that, although he’s very quick, he is not Premier League quality which is why he’s been unable to make it into our team.

Ben Johnson has already risen through the ranks and usurped him as has Vladimir Coufal since his arrival in the capital and nothing the 29-year-old has done since has made David Moyes think he deserves another go.

He’s been nothing but an emergency player for us in the last couple of years so if the Saints really want him, then be our guests.

In other West Ham news, we’ve been fined £24,000 for an incident that happened during our Europa League semi-final first leg against Eintracht Frankfurt.

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