Steve Bruce could sign another left-back and right-back this summer after bemoaning West Bromwich Albion’s lack of depth in defence, but the Baggies don’t have lucrative funds for a big spend.

West Brom are on the hunt for free transfers, loan players and cheap individuals, so West Ham United’s Ryan Fredericks could be worth considering at right-back.

The 29-year-old has an uncertain future at the London Stadium as he’s surplus to requirements under David Moyes and is out of contract in the coming weeks.

Fredericks joined West Ham on a four-year deal from Fulham in 2018 and has gone on to make 77 appearances in all competitions, but he’s no longer commanding a starting place.

The former England youth international has started just nine Premier League games since 2020 and has spent most of this season on the bench or out of the matchday squad, so the writing is on the wall.

Fredericks hasn’t set the place alight when given rare outings, so he might thrive if he drops down a division. This is where West Brom could come in, as the 29-year-old could jump at the chance for more playing time.  

When fit, the 29-year-old is adept at turning over possession, strong in the air and creative on the ball. Fredericks is exactly what the Baggies are after and won’t set them back a transfer fee, so he should be on the shortlist.

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