West Ham United’s worst ever Premier League signing has been named in a new report.
The Hammers had been linked with Benni McCarthy for some time before he finally landed as a £3.5million signing from Blackburn back in 2010 (BBC Sport).
He was one of the first signings of the David Sullivan and David Gold era.
But it quickly turned into a typical West Ham disaster signing.
Forgettable and regrettable
McCarthy was overweight, overpaid and underperforming.
The South African striker made just 14 appearances, failed to score a single goal and was fined £200,000 for failing to lose weight as relations between him and the West Ham hierarchy soured.
McCarthy left West Ham with a £1.5 million pay-off just over a year later.
And unpopular Hammers vice-chairman Karren Brady labelled his signing a ‘Big fat mistake’ (Sky Sports).
McCarthy hit back telling Johannesburg-based Sunday Times – as also reported by The Telegraph at the time – Brady was ‘the devil with a set of t*ts’.
McCarthy labelled Brady ‘the devil with t*ts’
Asked about Brady’s comments, McCarthy said: “It makes me want to throw up. There’s the devil with a set of t*ts.”
Brady appears to have had the last laugh, th0ugh.
That’s after McCarthy was named the worst signing in West Ham’s Premier League history by The Daily Mail.
The report analysed the transfer history of each of the 20 Premier League clubs to come up with their worst ever signing.
One thing is for certain McCarthy certainly would have had plenty of competition.
But the outspoken flop ranks as West Ham’s worst according to The Daily Mail.
Brady has last laugh over flop
“A former Champions League winner with Porto was bound to be a success at Upton Park, right? Evidently not,” The Daily Mail states.
“Signed on transfer deadline day for an undisclosed fee from Blackburn in 2010, McCarthy failed to score in his 14 appearances for the club and subsequently had his contract terminated at the end of the season.
“He was also reportedly paid £1million to leave and had plenty of bad things to say about the Hammers’ board. But the less said about his football, the better.”