As well as being the greatest sporting spectacle on earth, the World Cup is a fantastic opportunity for Premier League clubs to run the rule over prospective talents, usually of relative anonymity.

None will know that better than Sam Allardyce, whom throughout spells with Bolton, Blackburn, Newcastle and West Ham has proved himself to be one of English football’s most masterful transfer bargain hunters.

And no World Cup could come at a more accommodating time for Big Sam, with the Hammers manager charged with the task of evolving his side’s style via the summer transfer window or else face the sack.

With that in mind, here’s a list of SIX World Cup bargains the under-fire Upton Park boss should be considering.

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