7 Worst Football Transfers
When you're the manager of a Premier League club and your latest signing turns out to be a turkey, you don't just lose face - you also get the pleasure of watching eye-watering sums of cash disappear down the drain. From foreign stars who lost something in translation to teenage wunderkinds who turned out to be not so wunderful after all, here's our rundown of the seven worst transfers in Premiership history...
1. Marco Boogers
Legend has it that Boogers was signed off the back of a video seen by Harry Redknapp. Fast forward to his second match for West Ham, when a horrendous tackle on Gary Neville saw Boogers sent off. He would play just two more games for the Hammers before disappearing back to the Netherlands.
2. Winston Bogarde
Bogarde had just signed to Chelsea in 2000 when new manager Claudio Ranieri declared that he wanted him gone. Instead, the Dutchman put his feet up and waited out the contract, accumulating almost £10 million over four years, during which time he made just nine full appearances for Chelsea. He was, by his own admission, 'one of the worst buys in the history of the Premiership'.
3. Francis Jeffers
The teenage prodigy made his England debut alongside fellow old Evertonian Wayne Rooney, and at that point his career looked just as promising. But despite the fanfare, his time with the Gunners was marred by injury, and after scoring just four goals in 22 appearances, the so-called 'fox in the box' would return to Everton on loan, bushy tail firmly between his legs.
4. Juan Sebastian Veron
Sir Alex shelled out £28.1 million for Veron back in 2000. Was he worth it? Hardly. The Argentine mustered just seven goals in 51 appearances, forcing Fergie to eat humble pie and release him to Chelsea for just £15 million. Despite early promise, his career at Stamford Bridge was similarly uninspiring as injuries prevented him from making all but 15 appearances.
5. Sergei Rebrov
Rebrov came to attention as one half of a formidable double act alongside Andriy Shevchenko. While Shevchenko went on to excel with AC Milan and Chelsea, Rebrov was snapped up by Spurs, for whom he netted just ten goals in 60 appearances. Rebrov soon returned to Ukraine, where he's now putting in an altogether more convincing performance managing Dynamo Kiev.
6. Massimo Taibi
Taibi's tenure at Manchester United was nothing short of abysmal. The £4.5 million keeper conceded ten goals in his four appearances, including a humiliating nutmeg courtesy of Matthew Le Tissier, which earned him the nickname 'The Blind Venetian'. Needless to say, this spelled curtains for the unfortunate Italian, and Fergie soon sent him packing to Reggina.
7. Andy Carroll
Liverpool shelled out £35 million for Carroll on the back of an impressive early career with Newcastle United. Unfortunately, Carroll failed to live up to the hype, and his tenure was blighted by injuries, off-the-pitch rumours and a distinct lack of goals. That said, his time at Anfield wasn't all doom and gloom; according to Jamie Carragher, Carroll's winning header against Everton in the 2012 FA Cup semi-final was 'worth £35 million in itself'.
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