With Wigan chairman Dave Whelan reportedly demanding £20million for midfielder James McCarthy, we count down the Championship players that have demanded big transfer fees in the past.

5. Stewart Downing

Back in 2009/10 Stewart Downing was hot property, hard to believe I know but he really was. 

Downing set Villa back a staggering £12million at the time and more impressively actually made the club a significant profit when he later moved to Liverpool for £20million.

4. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Southampton’s youth academy features prominently in this list and Oxlade-Chamberlain, comes in above Arsenal teammate Theo Walcott who made the same move six years earlier.

Whilst Walcott set Wenger back £9million, the Ox upped the ante with a £12million fee required to secure his services.

3. Gareth Bale

Another Southampton academy graduate Bale also left St. Marys for North London but opted for Arsenal’s arch rivals Tottenham. 

Back in 2008, Bale cost Spurs £13million and though he took a while to find his feet, including a spell as the holder of the record for most Premier League appearances without a win. 

The Welsh wonder is now one of Europe’s hottest properties with reports linking him with a world record transfer to Real Madrid.

2. Steven Fletcher

Steven Fletcher impressed many in his Premier League spells with both Burnley and Wolves, enough so for Sunderland manager at the time Martin O’Neill to spend big on the Scottish frontman. 

Following Wolves relegation from the Premier League, Fletcher set the Black Cats back the princely sum of £14million and his goals helped keep the club in the Premier League.

1. Darren Bent      

No surprises to see another centre-forward top our list. Goals cost money and Bent proved that when he left relegated Charlton Athletic in 2008 for a jaw-dropping £16.5million

A huge fee by any reckoning, especially when you consider that Thierry Henry joined Barcelona for around £16million the same summer. 

Bent never really established himself as first choice at Spurs despite being top scorer three seasons running and fell out of favour with Harry Redknapp who was left wishing that the club had splashed the cash on his wife instead.

So there you have it, some serious spending from the Premier League clubs to get the best the Championship has to offer that will offer Wigan some hope that their valuation of McCarthy is maybe not so wide of the mark and if nothing else it’s a lovely way to top up your parachute payments.


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