The 20 most insane Premier League transfers of all time

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Arsenal, Aston Villa, Chelsea, Leeds United, Fulham, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham feature.

Insane transfers of the Premier League

When you think of the term 'expensive flops' one would undoubtedly look to the likes of Torres, Shevchenko and Veron.

These were (and still are) players who have at some point been magnificent enough in their career for someone to value them at a very large price. If they had taken their previous form into their new clubs then the fee paid for them would never have been a topic to discuss.

The sheer fact that the move didn't (or has yet to) pay off means that the price paid for them is of utmost importance to supporters.

But what about the big money signings which don't always take the spotlight?

Here we will look at a whole variety of players who arguably never justified their large price tag.

Francis Jeffers - Arsenal

(Everton, £8m - July 2001)

Everton rated Jeffers so highly that the fans were gutted to see him leave for such a small fee. Little did they know that he would go on to cost Arsenal £2m per league goal he scored for them.

Darren Bent - Aston Villa

(Sunderland, £24m - January 2011)

When things didn't really materialise at Spurs, Bent moved to Sunderland for £10m. It was here that he found form and bagged himself a decent 32 league goals in 2 seasons. Apparently that was enough for Villa to value him at a whopping £24m.

Curtis Davies - Aston Villa

(West Brom, £11m - July 2008)

Another big spend for Villa, bringing then 23-year old Curtis Davies to the club for a fee which could rise to £11m. He only appeared in the league 37 times in 3 seasons after his move was made permanent.

Damien Duff - Chelsea

(Blackburn, £17m - July 2003)

Although his time at Chelsea was extremely successful (he walked away with 2 league titles and a league cup), £17m is a very big amount of money to spend on a Damien Duff.

Shaun Wright-Phillips - Chelsea

(Man City, £21m - June 2005)

Chelsea were well and truly throwing the cash around at this point. Wright-Phillips was a good player and a good addition to the squad. But £21m?

Seth Johnson - Leeds United

(Derby County, £7m - October 2001)

A time when Peter Risdale was more than happy to throw millions at his Leeds United side. Not exactly regarded as the best businessman in the world of football, Risdale decided that £7m was a good valuation for the once capped for England Mr Seth Johnson.

Steve Marlet - Fulham

(Lyon, £11.5m - August 2001)

Costing just over £1m per goal in his time at the club, Jean Tigana brought Marlet to Fulham in a move which eventually saw chairman Mohammed Al Fayed taking Tigana to the Court of Arbitration for Sport for the high transfer fee.

Andrew Johnson - Fulham

(Everton, £10.5m - August 2008)

Injury prone and with a poor to average goal record, Everton were probably beginning to regret giving Johnson a new 5-year contract in 2007. Maybe it was time to try and reclaim some of the £8.6m they spent on him. How does £10.5m sound?

Bryan Ruiz - Fulham

(FC Twente £10.6 - £12m - August 2011)

Yes, that's right. Fulham spent a lot of money on Bryan Ruiz. He obviously had a decent scoring record at Gent and Twente, but to pay a potential £12m seems a little overboard.

Andy Carroll - Liverpool

(Newcastle, £35m - January 2011)

An extremely obvious pick but he has to have a mention when you really take on board the implications of splashing a monumental £35m on a player who hadn't even completed a full season in the top flight.

Alberto Aquilani - Liverpool

(Roma, £17m - August 2009)

This was a player who could have had a great career in the Premier League but was widely rumoured to be unhappy in England. A couple of loans later and Liverpool finally had him off of their books.

Jo - Man City

(CSKA Moscow, £18m - July 2008)

Jo cost Man City £18m and scored 1 league goal. His fine record in Russia meant that CSKA Moscow could demand a high fee and when the newly loaded Man City came knocking that fee rose even higher.

Joleon Lescott - Man City

(Everton, £22m - August 2009)

Another crazy fee that Man City were willing to fork out to beef up their squad. Lescott had many admirers before he headed to Manchester but £22m is insane when you take into consideration his inconsistent form since the move.

Roque Santa Cruz - Man City

(Blackburn, £17.5m - June 2009)

A striker who was very much in form at the time of his transfer. Unfortunately for City, he couldn't take that form into his new club. Just 3 league goals followed, meaning that City had spent £35.5m on 2 strikers who gave them a return of 4 league goals.

Rolando Bianchi - Man City

(Reggina, £8.8m - July 2007)

Rolando Bianchi spent one year at Man City. He scored the same amount of league goals as Jo and Santa Cruz combined during his one season. Although that sounds impressive in context, £8.8m is still big money for that sort of return.

Anderson Luís de Abreu Oliveira - Man Utd

(Porto, £20.4m - May 2007)

Anderson was tipped for big things when he signed for Man Utd at the age of 19. A staggering amount of money to spend on a teenager who was hardly a household name across Europe. He has shown sparks of brilliance throughout his time at United, but injuries and poor form have rendered him an expensive mistake.

Sergei Rebrov - Tottenham Hotspur

(Dynamo Kiev, £11m - June 2000)

At the turn of the millennium, £11m couldn't be splashed about as nonchalantly as it can for some clubs today. Sergei Rebrov had an impressive scoring record in Ukraine but unfortunately for Spurs, he could only bag them 10 league goals in 4 years.

David Bentley - Tottenham Hotspur

(Blackburn, £15m - July 2008)

Juande Ramos well and truly bought into the hype surrounding David Bentley and splashed the cash to bring him to Spurs. The promising midfielder moved for a fee almost as large as his ego. 4 loan deals later and Spurs finally managed to offload him. He's currently a free agent.

Savio Nsereko - West Ham

(Brescia £9m - Jan 2009)

One of the most bizarre transfer deals of the past ten years. When Savio arrived at Upton Park, most hammers fans were cautiously excited, knowing very little about the Ugandan-born German forward. They had reason to be cautious. In 2012 he was arrested in Thailand for reportedly trying to extort money out of his family through a faked kidnapping.

Matt Jarvis - West Ham

(Wolves, £12m - August 2012)

Sam Allardyce convinced the two David's to bring Jarvis to West Ham based on his cross accuracy record in the Premier League. The winger seemed to fit well into Big Sam's system of lumping the ball into the box at every opportunity. The signing has yet to pay off and most fans are now wondering where on earth his valuation came from.

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