David Gold admits West Ham spent £16m on ex-star I'm A Celebrity contestant Kieron Dyer

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David Gold says West Ham spent as much as £16 million on Kieron Dyer.

West Ham United co-chairman David Gold has admitted just how much the club spent on former star Kieron Dyer.

Dyer signed for the club back in 2007 but suffered a broken leg in his first month as a Hammer, the most serious of a succession of injury problems he suffered during his four-year spell in east London.

He was released in 2011 and retired two years later after unsuccessful stints with former club Ipswich Town, QPR, and Middlesbrough.

The former England international is briefly back in the public eye as he is currently a contestant on ITV television show I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here.

This prompted a West Ham supporter to ask David Gold how much the club spent on Dyer during this period - and he answered to confirm that a combination of wages and transfer fee totalled £16 million.

The manner of Gold's message, with the little dig about Dyer failing to score, suggests he was as unhappy with how the deal panned out as any West Ham fan did.

It will be interesting one day to find out how much Andy Carroll's total outlay ends up costing the Hammers, but unlike Dyer at least he is contributing well when he does play.

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