Premier League transfers: five of the worst ever

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With the Premier League season now two games old, the end of the transfer window is fast approaching for those club eager to make some additions to further enhance their prospects for the campaign.

As the days tick down towards deadline day, we take a look back at some notable top flight acquisitions that transpired to be disasters.



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Shaun Wright-Phillips (Manchester City to Chelsea)

Prior to the Premier League season of 2005-2006, a bright young winger by the name Shaun Wright-Phillips emerged as a promising player at Manchester City. He had scored 10 goals in 34 appearances and was already the club's Young Player of the Year.

He drew the eyes of nouveau-riche Chelsea who bought the Englishman at £21 million. But to much dismay, he could not carry his impressive performances to Stamford Bridge where he struggled, scoring four goals in 81 appearances.

After three years he was on his way back to Manchester for a little over £8 million.

Robbie Keane (Tottenham Hotspur to Liverpool)

From scoring 82 goals in 197 appearances during his colourful time at White Hart Lane, Robbie Keane could only hit the back of the net seven times in 28 appearances for Liverpool. His £19 million price tag culminated in a loss as the Merseyside outfit sold Keane back to Tottenham for £12 million after half a season.

Robinho (Real Madrid to Manchester City)

At the time Manchester City were bought by the Abu Dhabi United Group and were spending vast amounts of money acquiring top players, with Robinho among them. Real Madrid sold the Brazilian for £33 million and he looked set to live up to his price by scoring 15 goals in his first season.

However, things took a turn for the worse as his faltering performances became more frequent. He was loaned to A.C Milan and the move completed in August 2010 for £15 million.

Fernando Torres (Liverpool to Chelsea)

At Liverpool, El Nino, as he was nicknamed, was one of the best strikers in England's top flight, scoring 81 goals in 142 appearances. Seeking the services of the lethal marksman, Chelsea came knocking and paid a then British record £50 million.

His time at the Bridge was marred by injuries and bench-warming and, as a result, he could not surpass an average scoring rate of 0.3 goals per 90 minutes. The Spaniard was eventually loaned to AC Milan, signed for them and then moved to his childhood club Atletico Madrid.

Andy Carroll (Newcastle United to Liverpool)

Liverpool bought Andy Carroll from the Newcastle United for £35 million despite the striker having scored only 14 times in the Premier League. 58 appearances later with only 11 goals to his name, the Englishman was sold to West Ham United £16 million after spending a season on loan in east London.

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