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SIX Championship stars to follow Poyet and Cresswell to West Ham

Date: 7th July 2014 at 7:33pm
Written by Christy Malyan

Player mobility from the Championship to the Premier League has taken a knock in recent years - whilst a host of players from abroad joined the top flight ranks last summer, only a handful were recruited from the English second tier. But West Ham appear prepared to buck that trend. Keen to get business done early, Sam Allardyce secured the signing of Ipswich Town defender Aaron Cresswell last weekend, and a deal for Charlton prodigy Diego Poyet is expected to be officially announced soon. But with the Championship considered to be the leading second division in world football,  why should the Hammers stop there? Accordingly, here's a list of SIX second-tier stars that could follow Poyet and Cresswell's lead by joining the Upton Park ranks this summer. TROY DEENEY Having claimed 54 goals in his last 127 Championship appearances, Watford striker Troy Deeney has been knocking on the Premier League door for some time. That includes 24 goals last term, leaving the 26 year-old as the Championship's third-top scorer, as seen below... ...and who can forget this extraordinary sequence of events against Leicester at the end of the 2012/13 campaign, securing the Hornets a place in the second-tier Play-offs... ... as well as this wonder strike against Charlton Athletic last season... As well as being a potent goal scorer, the former Walsall star comes with a powerful presence. He measures in at 6 foot, possesses that all-important, ever-clichéd 'big bum', and averaged 3.6 successful aerial duels per match last term. Deeney has been linked with a variety of top flight clubs over the last 18 months or so, but recent speculation suggests Burnley are currently his most interested ... Read More

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