Arsene Wenger is looking at a summer deal to make Fulham’s Ryan Fredericks his next raid on the Football League.
The Arsenal boss picked up Aaron Ramsey and Rob Holding from the Championship, Carl Jenkinson from League One – and now has Fredericks in his sights on a free.
Gunners scouts have been impressed with the 25-year-old in the second tier this season as Fulham have pushed for promotion.
And Wenger is weighing up a move when his contract expires at Craven Cottage at the end of the campaign.
Fredericks is on West Ham’s list of targets for the summer, with David Moyes watching him recently.
But Arsenal have also asked about the ex-Tottenham right-back as they look to plan for next season.
Wenger is looking for competition and cover for Hector Bellerin, who has also attracted interest from outside the Premier League.
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The Frenchman has taken great pride in plucking players from the lower divisions and even took Cohen Bramall from non-league Hednesford Town last year.
He has also spoken about the hunger of Laurent Koscielny and Olivier Giroud after starting their careers away from the top flight in France.
Fredericks has not agreed a new deal with Fulham but could face a dilemma if they seal promotion to the Premier League.