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Top 10: Worst Premier League signings

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Carroll has struggled at Liverpool (©GettyImages)
Carroll has struggled at Liverpool (©GettyImages).

With Andy Carroll on the brink of a move to West Ham this transfer window for a fee rumoured to be around £15m - a mere shadow of the £35m it took to take him to Anfield in the first place - it's looking to confirm his place in the flop transfer list.

But who else fits in to this terrible group?

10. Andrea Silenzi | Nottingham Forest

The now retired Italian joined Nottingham Forest for a fee of around £1.8m in 1995 after five years in the Serie A under Napoli and Torino.

Hailed as the first ever Italian to grace the Premier League - he was an instant flop failing to score in his two year stint with the Foresters and eventually only featuring 12 times.

9. Winston Bogarde | Chelsea 

A Dutchman with an impressive resume, it was no surprise when Chelsea showed interest considering the defender had stints with Ajax, Milan and Barcelona.

However, weeks into his contract the manager wanted him out. What followed was a controversial four years where Bogarde stated he couldn't get the money he was being paid now anywhere else, and thus was paid £40,000-a-week for nine full appearances. That's £924k per apperance. Expensive, huh?

8. Steve Marlet | Fulham

Holding the record for Fulham's most expensive signing, the Frenchman cost £11.5m back in 2001.

Only managing 11 goals in 54 appearances over the space of four seasons - also being the centre of a spat between Fulham chairman Mohammed Al Fayed and manager at the time Jean Tigana, with Fayed taking Tigana to court claiming he spent too much.

Can you blame him? £1m a goal isn't something you want from your record signing. 

7. Thomas Brolin | Leeds

The Swede arrived at Leeds on the back off top-class performances at Euro '92 and World Cup '94.

Expected to be a signing that would favour Leeds, Brolin's story is a little more unfortunate - with injury leading to fitness issue that ultimately saw his time with Leeds cut to 20 appearances before being loaned out. 

6. Juan Sebastian Veron | Manchester United

This signing is a perfect example that Sir Alex Ferguson is, in fact, human - contrary to popular belief.

With a world-class midfield already in place, it wasn't going to be an easy place to strengthen; however, Sir Alex splashed out £28.1m for the Argentinian playmaker.

Trouble adapting to the pace of the Premier League coupled with injuries revealed cracks that saw Veron net just seven times in 51 appearances.

Sir Alex eventually admitted his wrongs and let Veron go to Chelsea for £15m. 

5. Marco Boogers | West Ham

A Harry Redknapp signing that didn't quite go to plan, Boogers signed for West Ham in 1995.

Looking for a player with that physical gritty game, they ended up with a barbarian. Sent off in his second match with the Hammers after a horrendous tackle on Gary Neville, the Dutchman only ever made four appearances before being shipped out on loan. 

4. Francis Jeffers | Arsenal

Whilst Arsene Wenger has a talent for selling world-class players, signing them seems to be a weak point. Signed in 2001 from Everton for £8m, Jeffers struggled with injury and failed to live up to his hype as the "fox in the box".

Four goals and 22 appearances later, Jeffers was pushed out the team and went back to Everton on loan before moving to Charlton for £2.6m.

3. Massimo Taibi | Manchester United

The only goalkeeper on this list, Fergie forked out £4.5m for the Italian; however, a terrible debut followed by a even worse record saw him concede 10 goals in the four games he appeared in. Sir Alex soon gave him the boot.

2. Andy Carroll | Liverpool 

The 6ft 3in tank netted 31 times in 80 appearances for Newcastle, which was enough of a reason for Liverpool to use £35m of the £50m stashed away by the Fernando Torres sale to bring him to Anfield.

Maybe it was the pressure of such a price tag or just adapting to another team, but 18 months on the England international has only netted six goals in 42 appearances, making each goal cost Liverpool a massive £5.8m. 

1. Sergei Rebrov | Tottenham

The Ukranian forward is one of the biggest flops in football history.

Netting 93 in 189 appearances for Dynamo Kyiv, he and his partner in crime Andriy Shevchenko both secured moves. Shevchenko went to Milan whilst Rebrov made an £11m transfer to Tottenham - and what a mistake that was.

Ten goals in 60 games, one of those 10 being in his last 30 appearances. Add this up with his terrible career afterwards, which saw him netting 40 times in 209 appearances for five clubs including Spurs.

 

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