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Irish Hammer 12:11 Fri Apr 1
West Ham transfer historical transfer player value
Sighs and dreams of Tevez & Hatsonbin todays squad 😊
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Hartson for £66m, Tevez for £48m and Repka for £41m: What West Ham’s biggest transfers would cost today



This article is part of a series looking at how historic transfer fees would look today. The modern-day values have been compiled using a system devised by Kieran Maguire and Jason Laws that adjusts the fees for increases in football inflation, based on revenue increases over time. You can read the full series here.

It is a question John Hartson rarely avoids, a moment he still regrets and an incident that is widely considered the nadir of his career.

His time at West Ham United should be remembered for other memorable moments, such as the 33 goals he scored in 73 cup and league appearances from 1996-99, his crucial role in helping the club avoid relegation from the Premier League in 1996-97 and his first goal scored against London rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

Yet despite this, a training ground bust-up with Eyal Berkovic in 1998 remains the fans’ lasting memory. Berkovic punched Hartson following a bad tackle and the striker reacted furiously by kicking his team-mate in the face.

“I should never have reacted in the way that I did,” said Hartson. “I’ve had to carry that around with me for a long time. It does sadden me that a lot of people will always refer to that incident when my time at West Ham is mentioned.”

Despite Hartson losing his composure off the field, his coolness in front of goal proved far more endearing to supporters. In an era when strikers often fail to justify their hefty transfer fees, Hartson’s £4.5 million arrival from Arsenal can be deemed a success. He is also one of the few forwards to have scored more than 20 goals in a campaign for the club.

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Berkovic and Hartson make up after their training ground bust-up (Photo: PA Images via Getty Images)
The extraordinary thing about Hartson’s acquisition is his valuation in today’s market has soared. Analysis done by The Athletic, using a calculator designed to adjust fees based on inflation in football over the past 30 years, shows the former Wales international would have cost the club £66.6 million today.

That would make him the club’s most expensive signing of all time.

If supporters had the option of deciding whether Sebastien Haller or Hartson merits being the club’s record signing, then Hartson would be the clear favourite. Haller’s £45 million move from Frankfurt in 2018 is still worth £45 million, and we won’t know how he fares in this context for at least another year or so.

But how does the forward compare to other signings over the years?

To properly gauge where they rank, it was necessary to run the same data comparison on other transfers completed by the club. The Athletic’s inflation calculator has been created by finance expert Kieran Maguire and his University of Liverpool colleague Jason Laws, a metric that converts historical fees into the equivalent cost today. The numbers are based on 2019 finances to stop the temporary impact of COVID-19 on the transfer market during the past two years distorting results.

There are some interesting names in the top 10 — and many West Ham supporters will be surprised to learn the top three features Marc-Vivien Foe and Carlos Tevez. The former played for the club between 1999-2000 and scored twice in 32 appearances in all competitions. He cost £5.4 million from French side Lens and would now be worth £50.6 million.

PLAYER SIGNED FROM FEE MODERN FEE
John Hartson
Arsenal
£4.5m
£66.6m
Marc-Vivien Foe
Lens
£5.4m
£50.6m
Carlos Tevez
Corinthians
£13.14m
£48.7m
Javier Mascherano
Corinthians
£13.14m
£48.7m
Paul Kitson
Newcastle United
£3.15m
£46.6m
Sebastien Haller
Frankfurt
£45m
£45m
Matt Upson
Birmingham City
£11.34m
£42.1m
Tomas Repka
Fiorentina
£7.43m
£41.1m
Paulo Wanchope
Derby County
£4.82m
£39.4m
Dean Ashton
Norwich City
£9.8m
£38.2m
Tevez joined from Corinthians for £13.14 million on deadline day in August 2006. That would cost £48.7 million in today’s money — a very shrewd signing.

When supporters reflect on the Argentinian’s solitary season at Upton Park, it is his winning goal against Manchester United in May 2007 that remains uppermost in their mind because it helped secure their Premier League status. Javier Mascherano would also be worth £48.7 million — yet given the little impact he had in east London, it would be hard to justify the transfer fee.

Paul Kitson (£46.6 million), Matt Upson (£42.1 million), Tomas Repka (£41.1 million), Paulo Wanchope (£39.4 million) and Dean Ashton (£38.2 million) make up the rest of the top 10. They were all good signings: Upson and Ashton earned international call-ups for England, Repka is a cult hero, and Wanchope and Kitson were part of the squad that won the 1999 Intertoto Cup.

The 2000s was an era where West Ham found good value in the market, which brings us to the next 10 on the list. Frederic Kanoute’s adjusted fee of £34.7 million and Scott Parker’s £32.5 million could be considered cheap in today’s market given what they achieved. It is crazy to think the club spent just under £20 million on Kanoute, Parker and Ian Pearce, all of whom played a combined total of 366 appearances.

Steve Lomas remains a fan favourite, despite his brief managerial career at rivals Millwall. His £2.16 million signing from Manchester City in 1997 would now be £32 million. Given he spent eight years at the club, it can also be added to the value-for-money category.

PLAYER SIGNED FROM FEE MODERN FEE
Kieron Dyer
Newcastle United
£10.8m
£38.1m
Don Hutchison
Sunderland
£6.75m
£37.3
Felipe Anderson
Lazio
£34.2m
£36.5
Ian Pearce
Leeds United
£3.24m
£36.4
Don Hutchison
Liverpool
£2.3m
£36m
Craig Bellamy
Liverpool
£10.13m
£35.7m
Frederic Kanoute
Lyon
£5m
£34.7m
Scott Parker
Newcastle United
£9.23m
£32.5m
Steve Lomas
Manchester City
£2.16m
£32m
Andy Carroll
Liverpool
£15.75m
£31.8m
There were also occasions when West Ham did not spend well. Kieron Dyer, Felipe Anderson and Andy Carroll were high earners in east London but only sporadically impressed. The trio would be worth £38.1 million, £36.5 million and £31.8 million respectively in today’s money.

The figures make for interesting reading but there can be a sense of satisfaction that the club have made more good signings than bad.

Let us know which deal you consider to be the best value:

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PwoperNaughtyButNot 5:53 Fri Apr 1
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This is nonsense unless football inflation increases at a higher rate for certain players over others.

Nick QQQ 5:26 Fri Apr 1
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what the fuck is this nonsense. Someone has too much time on their hands.

Gary Strodders shank 5:18 Fri Apr 1
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Maybe they should do an article on the true value of the players Harry bought to the club (Mostly from Graham Souness) after Rio left.
Gary Charles, Rob Jones, Titi Camara, & Rigobert Song are just a few that spring to mind.
Hartson & Kitson were signed off the back of a done deal for Billic who left at the end of the season.
A great lad Hartson but not the best of pros off the pitch in terms of refuelling nights out etc..
What is also truly alarming was how the testicular cancer he was carrying for so long was never picked up in any of the club medicals he had.

Helmut Shown 4:57 Fri Apr 1
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A few names on here made me think of days gone by but three of my favourite players were Ian Pearce, Pop Robson and Paul Kitson. I looked them up on youtube and you could see what separated them from other players. They all had great composure and balance on the ball. If only Antonio had that he would be amongst the greatest players in the world. Kitson especially caught my eye, how easily he found tge net in a crowded box.

Sarge 2:09 Fri Apr 1
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I know it's a typo but £36.50 for Felipe Anderson still seems too much.

madeeasy 1:50 Fri Apr 1
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Thanks Irish, but what utter utter bollocks these clowns have come up with. your only article i haven't read right the way through!

I got to Wanchope and thought fuck me this is getting more ridiculous!

Nagel 1:43 Fri Apr 1
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Trying to think of recent transfers equivalent to Hartson's (ie reserve striker at top club, age about 23) and the closest I can think of is Tammy Abraham, who had a much better record than Hartson. So he should have cost at least £66m when he was sold, according to the Athletic. No, it was actually half that. Although to be fair, that was a bargain really.

Alex G 1:35 Fri Apr 1
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Does this only consider Premier League era? I would have thought Phil Parkes would be up there, wasn't he the world record fee for a goalie at the time? Amazing to think we were one seeing world record transfer fees!

Huffers 1:24 Fri Apr 1
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They're all either too low or too high.

Mr Anon 1:22 Fri Apr 1
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Thank you Lee

Lato 1:15 Fri Apr 1
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What about Di Canio £1.5M and Dev 5K

Absolute steals!

⚒️ 12:46 Fri Apr 1
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I was under the impression that Irish wrote these articles himself.

Lee Trundle 12:42 Fri Apr 1
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Mr Anon 12:15 Fri Apr 1

Pretty sure Irish Hammer has said he gets most of his articles from https://theathletic.com/

Nagel 12:41 Fri Apr 1
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These calculations look like utter nonsense to me. It shouldn't be only about inflation, but the going market rate in a particular year. It would still be inaccurate but better to look at the average transfer fee in the PL then and now.

So, for example the average PL transfer fee in 1996/97 was £1,645,575. The average in 2019/20 was £16,185,938. John Hartson cost 2.73 times the average fee back then, so would probably cost about £44m in 2019, not £66m.

gph 12:37 Fri Apr 1
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*dreams of Repka in today's squad*

**but only in Masuaku's place**

Darby_ 12:18 Fri Apr 1
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Puts Moyes' purchases into perspective, doesn't it?

Mr Anon 12:15 Fri Apr 1
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Hi mate, love the articles but do you mind adding the source link in future? Theres always some linked articles that look interesting I'd like to click on





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