Three players Fulham should consider to replace West Ham bound Ryan Fredericks

Ryan Fredericks of Fulham celebrates with Marcus Bettinelli of Fulham following their sides victory in the Sky Bet Championship Play Off Final between Aston Villa and  Fulham at Wembley...

Fredericks is reportedly close to joining West Ham United from Fulham.

Ryan Fredericks of Fulham celebrates with Marcus Bettinelli of Fulham following their sides victory in the Sky Bet Championship Play Off Final between Aston Villa and  Fulham at Wembley...

Fulham's Ryan Fredericks is set to turn down the Cottagers' offer of a new contract and sign for West Ham United instead, according to Football.London.

Right-back Fredericks set up nine goals en route to promotion via the Championship play-offs this season, and is said to have been courted by a string of Premier League clubs.

However, if the 25-year-old is to walk out on Fulham, their new found riches should ensure it is not the end of the world.

Here are three players they should consider to replace him...

Moritz Bauer (Stoke City)

Moritz Bauer of Stoke City in action during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Stoke City at Emirates Stadium on April 1, 2018 in London, England.

Signed by Stoke for around £5 million in January, the Austrian impressed despite his side's relegation to the Championship. Fulham could offer the 26-year-old an immediate return, although he admitted earlier this month that he wanted to stay at the Bet365 Stadium regardless of the Potters' fate.

Joel Ward (Crystal Palace)

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...

A veteran of 163 Premier League appearances and out of contract at Crystal Palace, Ward is certainly the most experienced and cost-effective option on this list. However, reports this week claimed he could be ready to commit to the Eagles despite being offered a pay cut - an incentive perhaps for Fulham to move fast.

Luke Ayling (Leeds United)

Luke Ayling of Leeds United prepares to take a throw in during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Derby County at Elland Road on October 31, 2017 in Leeds, England.

A player Fulham should know well, given his battles with them for Leeds United, Ayling would probably fancy another stab at top flight football, after being released by Arsenal earlier in his career. However, with a contract until 2021 and key player status at Elland Road, he could be difficult to prise away.

Who would you sign to replace Fredericks should he leave for West Ham United?

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