On this day in… 2000

By on November 26, 2010 - 79 views

On this day in 2000, Leeds United smashed the British transfer record to sign England international defender Rio Ferdinand from West Ham.

The Yorshire club splashed out £18m for the centre-half, who also became the world’s most expensive defender. Rio would go on to help Leeds into the semi-finals of the Champions League, scoring in the quarter-final win over Deportivo La Coruna.

It all went sour at Elland Road though and Terry Venables was forced into selling Ferdinand to rivals Manchester United in 2002 for £29.1m.

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