10 Worst Ever Premier League Panic Buys

If only these clubs had heeded the 'keep calm' advice of the famous posters!

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Being in charge of a football club brings a lot of responsibilities, none more so important than being tasked with signing the best players.

Manchester United and Sir Alex Ferguson were often savvy in their dealings. They bagged themselves one helluva bargain in securing Eric Cantona from Leeds in 1992. Kevin Keegan also secured a coup in his first spell managing Newcastle when he somehow convinced Robert Lee the Toon was closer to London than Middlesbrough. Real Madrid even managed to make spending £80 million on Cristiano Ronaldo look like a steal when they purchased the Portuguese superstar in 2009.

However, for every top signing, there're plenty of grave errors that will go down in history as awful pieces of business. Since the introduction of the transfer windows, many clubs have found themselves void of a calm persona as time runs out and find themselves wasting millions by panic buying. Who was left with egg on their face after completing a dud deal? Which managers would have been better biting the bullet and sticking with what they already had?

Sometimes it's a case of better the devil you know, and that's certainly the deal in this list of stinkers.


Geordie journalist with itchy feet having lived in Tenerife, France, Belfast and Australia.