Five Championship players Allardyce should sign for West Ham

There might be several games left of West Ham's season but with our Premier League status almost assured for next season,

There might be several games left of West Ham’s season but with our Premier League status almost assured for next season, supporters on social media are turning their attention to a whole host of players the Hammers could sign this summer.

The biggest problem Sam Allardyce will face in the close season is not who wants to come to West Ham but if he has the wage and transfer budget to accommodate a new big signing. So rather than look at players from other European clubs and leagues, I have selected five players from the Championship I hope Allardyce has on his summer wish list.

Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers)

There hasn’t been a transfer window go by in the last couple of years without me arguing the case for the signature of Jordan Rhodes. He was prolific with Huddersfield and scored 87 goals in 148 appearances. He has done remarkably well at Rovers too, bagging 50 goals in 85 outings. Aged just 24, surely now is the time to snap him up?

Ross McCormack (Leeds United)

He is the Championship’s top goalscorer and I don’t think it’s a huge secret Sam Allardyce will be hoping to sign McCormack after failing to land him in January. He has scored 27 goals in 39 games so far this season in an average Leeds Utd team and it is thought he is keen to have another crack at the Premier League. With the trouble Leeds are having at the moment, there may be a bargain to be had here.

Will Hughes (Derby County)

He was named the Football League Young Player of the Year earlier this month, beating Leicester City defender Liam Moore and Alex Pritchard, the midfielder on loan at Swindon Town from Tottenham Hotspur. Liverpool were favourites to capture this 18 year old playmaker ahead of Arsenal and Manchester United in January but with no confirmed deal during the last transfer window, there is a chance he might fancy playing regularly for West Ham rather than Capital One cup appearances for one of the title-chasing sides.

Danny Ings (Burnley)

He was named the Sky Bet Championship Player of the Year at the Football League Awards 2014 and it hasn’t been hard to see why. He has made huge strides for Burnley this season and his partnership with Sam Vokes is one of the main reasons why Burnley are enjoying a successful campaign. Ings has been almost unstoppable at times this season with his pace and movement, allied to some deadly finishing, taking him to the 20-goal mark by the first weekend in January. The 21-year-old’s superb form has not gone unnoticed and he is also now a member of Gareth Southgate’s England Under-21 squad with two international goals to his name already.

Jamaal Lascelles (Nottingham Forest)

Liverpool are reportedly leading the race to sign this promising 20 year old centre back who is already on Arsenal’s radar and has risen to prominence with a string of eye-catching performances for the Championship promotion chasers. Having watched him a few times this season, there is no doubt in my mind he would link up brilliantly with both Tomkins and Reid at the heart of the Hammers defence.

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