On this day in… 2000
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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