Top 5 English Premier League Transfer Flops

Top 5 English Premier League Transfer Flops

Marouane Fellaini
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After Marouane Fellaini is reportedly in talks with Napoli just one year after making the 27.5 million switch to Manchester United, let's take a look at the biggest transfer flops in the Premier League history.

5. Francis Jeffers

Francis Jeffers
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5. Francis Jeffers

Francis Jeffers
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After Arsene Wenger payed £8m for the Liverpool born striker, Arsenal fans expected big things from him. He scored just four goals for them between 2001-2003. He was then taken back by Everton on loan for the 2003-04 season and scored zero goals in 18 appearances. Since then he has played for no less than nine clubs, the latest being Accrington Stanley who play in League Two. He has made 235 career appearances and scored 40 goals as a striker.

4. Juan Sebastian Veron

Juan Sebastian Veron
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4. Juan Sebastian Veron

Juan Sebastian Veron
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Argentinian Veron was brought to England by Sir Alex Ferguson for £34m. He made over 50 appearances for Manchester United, scoring just seven goals. And although Sir Alex backed him, he moved on to Chelsea in 2003 for just under £20m. There he played between 2003-2007 and played just seven games. In six years he cost Premier League clubs over £50m and played 58 games for an average of over £1m per game.

3. Fernando Torres

Fernando Torres
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3. Fernando Torres

Fernando Torres
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Here we have a current flop. Fernando Torres performed magically after joining Liverpool from Atletico Madrid, but it all turned sour when he moved to Chelsea for £50m in 2011. Since moving, the Spanish striker has played 110 games for the blues but has only scored 20 goals. He is still there and is improving this season, but it might be too late as Jose Mourinho looks to cut any deadwood.

2. Michael Owen

Michael Owen
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2. Michael Owen

Michael Owen
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Owen started his career at Liverpool and was soon touted as one of the best players in the world. He joined Newcastle United for just under £17m from Real Madrid, a record transfer fee that stands to this day. He got injured immediately and began his time on the sidelines. Since moving, he injured his thigh, metatarsals, anterior cruciate knee ligament, another thigh injury and then some. He moved to Man United in 2009 for free.

1. Andy Carroll

Andy Carroll
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1. Andy Carroll

Andy Carroll
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Andy Carroll's move to Liverpool for £35m on transfer deadline day in 2011 was awful. He spent one year and 44 appearances on Merseyside, scoring a magnificent six goals. This means Liverpool payed £5.8m per goal he scored. Needless to say he moved to West Ham on loan and then permanently from 2012. He has since been marred by injury and has scored nine goals in 39 appearances. He's no doubt the biggest flop of the Premier League.

Joel Orme is a Soccer writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @JoelOrme1, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

 

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