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.