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Leeds boss predicts West Ham as favourites for promotion

Simon Grayson believes West Ham will be the team to beat in the npower Championship next season. The Hammers have been installed as pre-season title favourites and the Leeds boss reckons all three relegated sides will be contenders.

He said: "It doesn't always work like that as we saw last season, but the teams who come down have the parachute payments and as it stands they have the majority of the squads they came down with."

Grayson said West Ham's signing of Kevin Nolan signalled the London club's intention to bounce back into the top flight at the first time of asking.

"When you sign someone on a four or five-year deal for nearly £4million on decent wages you're bound to be favourites. Sam [Allardyce] hasn't gone there because he thinks they're going to be mid-table," he added.

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