Worst Premier League buys of 2008/09

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Another late arrival on the last day of the summer transfer window, the Brazilian playmaker actually thought he had signed for Chelsea, which may explain his lethargic displays at Eastlands following his British-record GBP32.5m transfer.

2)David Bentley:
When Tottenham Hotspur spent GBP15m on the England international winger in July 2008, the north Londoners felt they had found the missing piece in the White Hart Lane jigsaw. Nine months later and the club find themselves looking for a new winger.

3)Dimitar Berbatov:
Manchester United's moody Bulgarian striker cost GBP30.75m when joining the champions from Spurs on the final day of the transfer window, a club record, but he will be best remembered for his rubbish penalty that cost the Red Devils the chance of the 'Quintuple'.

Who could have known that the overweight and underperforming Portuguese, who Barcelona had deemed surplus to requirements at Camp Nou last summer, would prove to be such a spectacular flop at the Bridge?

5)Robbie Keane:
Joined Liverpool, the club he supported as a boy, for GBP20.3m last July, only to spend more time on the bench than on the actual pitch after a falling out with Reds boss Rafa Benitez over ... well, nothing really. Subsequently rejoined Spurs for GBP12m in the January transfer window.

A GBP19m arrival from CSKA Moscow last summer, the lanky Brazilian striker never really settled at Manchester City and, after only three goals in 13 matches, including two against the mighty Cypriots Omonia, he was offloaded to Everton in January.

7)Andrea Dossena:
Arrived at Liverpool from Udinese last summer as the answer to the club’s never-ending left-back problem, but the Italy international has spent the entire season as the Merseysiders third-choice full back after a series of awful defensive displays. The only positive for Rafa Benitez is that Dossena joined for an undisclosed fee!

8)Fabricio Coloccini:
A GBP10.3m capture from Deportivo La Coruna in August 2008, Newcastle's Argentina international centre back will be remembered more for his curly locks than his defending this campaign, which reached a nadir in the club's recent loss to Chelsea.

9)Dave Kitson:
Stoke City’s record purchase at GBP5.5m in July 2008, the striker proved a major flop at the Britannia stadium, scoring no goals in his 16 appearances for the club, before moving back to Reading on loan in March 2009.

The man who effectively brought about Kevin Keegan's second resignation as Newcastle manager after joining the club for GBP5.7m from Deportivo in September 2008 without the coach's prior knowledge. However, in hindsight, it looks as though the one-time England head coach may have known was he was talking about after all.
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