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The Hammers have had a couple of big transfers in recent years and in 2019/20, they even broke their all-time record by bringing in Sebastian Haller from Eintracht Frankfurt for a reported fee of £36m.
Haller’s arrival eclipsed their previous record-holder, Felipe Anderson, who was transferred from Lazio a year prior to that for a fee of £34.2m. Interestingly enough, in 2019/20, West Ham United also brought in Pablo Fornals from Villarreal for £25.2m, and the 23-year-old attacking midfielder is now their third-highest transfer in the history of the club.
When it comes to sales, there has certainly been some big movement in that department. Of course, Dimitri Payet’s departure for Marseille for £26.3m in 2016/17 is still their most lucrative sale to date and it’s closely followed by Carlos Tevez’s famous exit to Manchester City for £26.1m back in 2009/10.
As a whole, there have been some pretty famous names donning their colours over the years and that is surely a testament to the history of the club.
Needless to say, even though they have never been the ones to splash the cash on football’s biggest superstars, West Ham United were fortunate enough to groom the stars to be before they went on to reach for the stars.
The likes of Frank Lampard and Joe Cole were once one of the Hammers before they both eventually joined the Blues at Stamford Bridge, the former in 2001 and the latter in 2003. Granted, both transfers ended up having a major impact on Chelsea’s history but it’s important to mention the club that made it all possible in the first place. The same could be said for Tevez, Rio Ferdinand and Javier Mascherano, all of whom had a West Ham career before expanding their horizons.
But we cannot talk about famous West Ham United transfers without mentioning Paolo Di Canio, who arrived from Sheffield Wednesday for £2m back in 1998. Of course, his career was marked both with incredible and controversial moments alike but that still can’t take anything away from the significance of the move as a whole.
On a rather similar note, Payet’s transfer from Marseille for £13.5m in 2015 followed the same route – fantastic moments combined with controversy as he forced a move back to France after spending just a season at Upton Park.
But what a season it was…