5. Fernandinho – Shakthar Donetsk to Manchester City – £30 million
City struggled last season in midfield with Gareth Barry making howlers and Jack Rodwell struggling with injuries. The capture of ‘Little Fernando’ looks to have set back Rodwell’s development this season and such a massive fee for a 28-year-old with only five international caps is hardly justified when younger, cheaper options – such as £17 million Spurs signing and international team mate Paulinho – were available.
4. Andy Carroll – Liverpool to West Ham – £15 million
Liverpool did well to claw back so much for the Newcastle native after famously paying £35 million back in January 2011. Playing in Sam Allardyce’s Hammers side should suit the striker and he will create chances through sheer physicality, but Carroll is more of a Jon Parkin than even a Jan Koller and has found the net a measly 13 times in two and a half league seasons. With constant injury and fitness concerns surrounding the player £15 million is a big outlay.
3. Jozy Altidore – AZ to Sunderland – £6 million
£6 million for one of the most prolific strikers in the Eredivisie over the last two years may seem like good business to anyone who didn’t catch Altidore’s woeful Premier League loan spell at Hull in 2009/2010. The USA international will surely improve his ratio of one Premier League goal in 28 appearances for the Tigers, but is unlikely to get near the 23 league strikes bagged last season in Holland.
2. Nacer Chadli – FC Twente to Tottenham – £7 million
If Spurs do lose Gareth Bale this summer they will have to spend a lot more money on a replacement than the £7 million handed over to Twente for Belgian wide man Chadli. Andre Villas-Boas will need a Premier League-ready replacement for the Welshman and if Chadli’s 60 minute cameo in Tottenham’s weekend friendly walloping at Monaco is anything to go by he is not it.
1. Danny Graham – Sunderland to Hull – Loan
An unwanted man for most of his career, the 27-year-old forward sets out on his sixth loan move. The paucity of striking options available to Steve Bruce means that Graham will get a chance at the KC stadium, but the former Middlesbrough trainee is not and has never been good enough for the Premier League and a mooted summer move back to Teesside would have been a better option all round.