World Cup stars would headline Premier League Expansion Draft (1)

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New York City FC and Orlando City have been busy shopping this summer, but there remains another crucial recruitment method that will be tapped into this fall - the Expansion Draft.

Frank Lampard, David Villa and Kaka may draw in the crowds, but they require teammates, and the majority of those will have to come from their Major League Soccer rivals.

When a new franchise signs up for the division, they are able to boost their group in a draft that sees other clubs offer up the expendable members of their roster. Each team is able to protect their eleven finest talents, while Homegrown stars - among others - are untouchable, with the rest made available.

This may sound like New York and Orlando will simply be choosing the best of a bad bunch, which may be true, but there is value to be found.

Current Seattle Sounders FC captain Brad Evans was picked up from the Columbus Crew in 2008 - just three days after winning the MLS Cup. Top defensive pair Clarence Goodson and Seth Sinovic were also selected in various drafts, though transfers and trades meant that they never appeared for their new clubs.

With the MLS season approaching its final straight, half-a-dozen sides already look unlikely to reach the play-offs, and their attentions will soon turn to a decision on which of their squad members will be made accessible to the league's two newest outfits.

Meanwhile, in England, the transfer window is close to expiring, and managers are settling on which of their number will be involved in the first-team set-up this term.

So, hypothetically, how would a new addition to the Premier League fare in a similar situation?

With big-spending pair Chelsea and Manchester City regularly accused of hoarding players, they and their opponents have some big names hidden away that would be great potential signings.

Here, we've looked at ten men who could make the line-up in this fictional Expansion Draft...

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Shinji Kagawa
Daniel Agger
John Obi Mikel
Javier Hernandez
Danny Simpson
Premier League
Hatem Ben Arfa
Jose Enrique
Darren Bent

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