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Just like with many of League One’s teams in the current roster, the biggest and most expensive transfers Tranmere Rovers have ever done come from the mid-90s. Of course, back then, the market wasn’t such a crazy place as it is nowadays and the figures were much lower.
Still, even with all of that said, the Rovers’ most expensive signing to date is that of Shaun Teale from Aston Villa for £495,000 back in 1995/96 and it’s quite telling that they couldn’t get anywhere near that figure even more than 20 years into the future.
Interestingly enough, just a year after that transfer, they also bought Paul Cook from Coventry City for £450,000 and that was the closest they would come to actually surpassing their own record. The third spot, however, belongs to Pat Nevin who was bought from Everton in 1992/93 for a reported fee of £405,000.
The situation with the transfer fees for departures is somewhat more impressive and there are even figures that go beyond the four-million pound mark. Steve Simonsen’s move to Everton in 1998/99 for £4.4m still remains their top sale to date and the biggest piece of business the club has ever done.
The goalie is then closely followed by Jason Koumas and his £3.1m transfer fee that brought him to West Bromwich Albion in 2002/03 and Alan Rogers’ move to Nottingham Forest for £2.7m in 1997/98.
There are more than just a few really famous transfers that ended up having a huge impact on the club. Nevin is certainly among those names and his arrival back in 1992/93 was a start of an incredible journey for the player and the club he was joining. Not to mention that the Rovers set a new club record with his purchase from Everton.
We also have to mention Simonsen for the incredible fee the Toffees paid to snatch him away and Rovers’ goal-machine, Steve Yates, who joined the team in 1999. But maybe even their most famous signing ever was the one of Ian Muir.
The striker was signed on a free from Brighton & Hove Albion and what a bargain he ended up becoming, scoring goals galore and mesmerising the fans along the way. The decision to go for him back in the day truly turned out to be a famous move by the club.