Top 5 West Ham United transfer flops!

By on January 13, 2011 - 155 views

5. Freddie Ljungberg (£3m from Arsenal) – After a successful nine-year spell at Arsenal, Ljungberg was expected to be quite a coup for West Ham – signing a four-year deal. The Swede was given the captain’s armband for the opening day of the 2007/08 season but the midfielder never re-produced the sort of form that made him a Gunners legend and only scored twice, leaving the club at the end of the campaign.

4. Javier Mascherano (Undisclosed from Corinthianians) – It’s hard to believe that Argentina captain and Barcelona star Javier Mascherano once ended up at Upton Park and yet couldn’t get a game. Alan Pardew, it seemed, preferred Hayden Mullins as his defensive midfielder, leaving Mascherano with only a handful of appearances for the Hammers. After just six months at the club, Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez swooped in and signed the midfield destroyer.

3. Florin Raducioiu (£2.4m from Espanyol) – When a player calls his time at a club a “disaster” then you know they’re worthy of this list. Romanian Florin Raducioiu arrived at Upton Park with plenty of European experience including stints at AC Milan and Espanyol. However, after falling out with manager Harry Redknapp and a failure to adapt to the Premier League, Raducioiu’s time in England was short lived. The forward managed only two league goals for the club although one did come against Manchester United.

2. Marco Boogers (£1m from Sparta Rotterdam) – Back in 1995, Harry Redknapp made Marco Boogers a West Ham player – not for very long, mind. After just four games, Boogers was promptly booted out to Dutch side Groningen. During his second apperance for the club he was sent off for a horror tackle on Manchester United defender Gary Neville. And well, there isn’t much else to say.

1. Kieron Dyer (£6m from Newcastle) – With just 30 games under his belt in almost four years at the club, it’s hard to argue that Kieron Dyer hasn’t been a massive waste of money. The winger reportedly earns £83k a week and is the club’s top earner – quite astonishing for a 32-year-old who’s best days are well and truly behind him (not that they were that great in the first place).

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