West Ham United have released details of the club’s pre-season programme with a training camp in Switzerland to be followed by a series of fixtures against English Football League (EFL) sides.

Manuel Pellegrini’s charges will play one game abroad, against Swiss Challenge League side FC Winterthur on Sunday, July 8, prior to four warm-up matches against EFL opposition ahead of the 2018/19 Premier League season.

The Hammers are set to face three sides from the Championship and one from League One upon their return to England.

First up is a trip to Adams Park on Saturday, July 14 to face Wycombe Wanderers, with Gareth Ainsworth’s side preparing for life in League One following promotion last term.

That is followed by a game against Preston North End, who United beat in the 2005 Championship play-off final, which is pencilled in at Deepdale for Saturday, July 21.

Matches against beleaguered Aston Villa, to be played at Walsall’s Bescot Stadium, and a trip to Ipswich Town, on Wednesday, July 25 and Saturday, 28 respectively, conclude their preparations.

Pellegrini, the Hammers’ new boss who returns to English football after a two-year absence, is excited at the prospect of his outfit testing themselves against decorated opposition.

"We will use our [Swiss] training camp and these fixtures to increase the players’ fitness levels and to help them to improve their relationship on the pitch," the Chilean told the Hammers' website.

"We will work hard every day in pre-season and take each of these matches very seriously, so that we can continue to get better and better and be ready for the Premier League.

“I know English football and all four of our opponents are proud and historic clubs who will provide us with strong challenges. These matches will also be opportunities for us to show our supporters the work we have been doing on the training pitch.

"I am sure, like me, the fans are already looking forward to them.”