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Who were the worst ever Premier League Signings?

Money has well and truly taken over football, especially since the emergence of the Premier League 25 years ago. Yet, with so many incredibly good signings during the Premier League era - Bergkamp, Zola and Cantona to name a few - we thought we'd take a look at the worst ever signings the Premiership has ever seen.

We have based our list on players that were signed with huge expectation, but turned out to be nothing but flops! Please feel free to give us your thoughts on the subject down in the comments section below.

10. Kleberson

A world cup winner with Brazil in 2002, Kleberson came to Manchester United with a lot of expectation on his shoulders. Unfortunately for United, his international form didn't quite relate to his club performances, resulting in the youngster being labelled as one of Fergie's biggest ever flops!

9. Roberto Soldado

A proven goalscorer at the highest level in Spain, Spurs signed Roberto Soldado in the hope he'd add some extra firepower up front. But during his spell in North London, the only goals he seemed capable of scoring were from the penalty spot.

8. Sergei Rebrov

Spurs haven't been all that lucky with signing strikers over the years, and we can safely say that Sergei Rebrov was one of the biggest flops the Premier League has ever seen. He came to England with a big reputation gained from his days at Dynamo Kyiv, but failed to live up to the hype.

7. Thomas Brolin

Leeds thought they'd signed a superstar in the mid nineties, but England's conqueror at Euro 92, Thomas Brolin, ended up being nothing but a complete flop at Elland Road. The feisty Swede become more famous for his pie eating than his goal scoring.

6. Diego Forlan

It's quite nice being able to pick out another one of Fergie's flops, considering how successful he was with Manchester United over the years. Diego Forlan was tipped to be one of the best strikers in the world, and unfortunately for United, he didn't live up to his hype until he arrived in La Liga after his horrific spell at Old Trafford.

5. Bosko Balaban

The notoriously tight fisted Doug Ellis allowed Villa to sign the expensive Balaban, a free scoring striker in Croatia, but after joining Villa, he hardly got a game. Only made a couple of starts for Villa scoring no goals and sat in the reserves until they let him go out on loan and then cancelled his contract.

4. Andriy Shevchenko

Regarded by many as the best player in Europe, Andriy Shevchenko seemed like the perfect signing for Chelsea, but it turned out Shevchenko wasn't quite made for the Premier League. His form declined at an alarming rate, thus becoming unrecognisable to the player he was during his glory years at AC Milan.

3. Juan Sebastian Veron

One of the stars for Argentina at the 1998 world cup, Veron was seen as the man to take Manchester United to the next level and make them perennial Champions League winners when they splashed out a record £28 million, but he just never seemed to adapt to English football. He ended up being old at a cut price to Chelsea where he flopped again!

2. Roberto Aquilani

Bought as a very expensive replacement for Xabi Alonso, Roberto Aquilani couldn’t have made a worse attempt at the job. Arrived at Anfield already injured, he never seemed to get to the level expected. The hype following his arrival wasn’t justified, and he looked out of form and out of place and went to Juventus on loan after one season.

1. Fernando Torres

The worst ever signing in Premier League history? We think so. Fernando Torres was signed for a then record £50m by Chelsea from Liverpool, in a transfer that many saw as the signing of the decade. The Spanish striker's irresistible form at Merseyside saw him rise as one of the best players in world football, but his form capitulated once he put on a blue shirt, and he never got near the heights he set himself previously.

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