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Exclusive: Fry believes Hammers may look for more Championship gems

Barry Fry believes David Moyes may look to the Championship as he bids to bolster his West Ham United squad ahead of a return to European football.

The Hammers are set to feature in the Europa League for the first time since they lost to Romanian side Astra Giurgiu in the qualifying rounds five years ago.

West Ham booked their place in Europe thanks to breaking their record Premier League points tally last season and Moyes, who is enjoying his second spell in charge of the east Londoners, is keen to add strength in depth ahead of the transfer window slamming shut.

Since returning to the London Stadium, Moyes has moved away from Manuel Pellegrini’s transfer strategy of bringing in the likes of Felipe Anderson and Sebastien Haller from abroad and instead spent his transfer budget on exciting attackers in the Championship.

Jarrod Bowen has shone since switching from Hull City, then of the Championship, in 2020, while Said Benrahma joined from Brentford last summer.

Bowen and Benrahma could be set to play key roles after Jesse Lingard’s loan from Manchester United expired at the end of the season.

Peterborough United director of football Barry Fry, who worked with West Ham co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold during their time at Birmingham City, feels Moyes could benefit from looking to English football’s second tier once again.

Speaking exclusively to Football FanCast, Fry said: “David Moyes got the two David’s to invest in two players from the Championship.

“I know David Sullivan very well and he’s a shrewd judge but he doesn’t really like going down the leagues if they’re not proven Premier League players.

“The two gambles have all paid off. Bowen and Benrahma have been marvellous.”

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