Report: Crystal Palace eyeing free transfer move for Fulham's Ryan Fredericks as Joel Ward alternative

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West Ham United and Arsenal have reportedly been joined by Crystal Palace in the race to sign the Fulham right-back.

Daniel Didavi of VfL Wolfsburg and Ryan Fredericks of Fulham battle fore possession during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Fulham and VfL Wolfsburg at Craven Cottage on July 29, 2017...

Crystal Palace have joined London rivals West Ham United and Arsenal in the race to sign Fulham's Ryan Fredericks, according to the Sun.

The report claims the right-back is being eyed by Palace boss Roy Hodgson as an alternative to Joel Ward, who may leave Selhurst Park at the end of his contract this summer.

Joel Ward of Crystal Palace applauds the fans as he walks off the pitch after the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Southampton at Selhurst Park on September 16, 2017 in...

And Fredericks, too, could be available for nothing, having failed to commit to Slavisa Jokanovic's side.

The uncertainty over Fulham's fate is a likely factor in the delay, with the Cottagers needing to better Cardiff's result on Sunday to achieve automatic promotion.

And, according to the Sun, Crystal Palace are among the clubs ready to pounce if the 25-year-old decides not to sign up - despite the recent emergence of Aaron Wan-Bissaka in Fredericks' position.

Aaron Wan Bissaka of Crystal Palace in action during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Manchester United at Selhurst Park on March 5, 2018 in London, England.

However, moves to West Ham or Arsenal could also appeal to the former Tottenham Hotspur player, who has set up 10 league goals this season.

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