Worst Signings

#8 Benni McCarthy Blackburn to West

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Benni McCarthy looked like a good signing for West Ham at the time after the South African striker had scored 52 goals in 140 games for former club Blackburn. How wrong we were. McCarthy made just two Premier League starts and fourteen appearances in all competitions scoring no goals in that time. McCarthy's contract, which still had 14 months left to run, was terminated for £1.5m, and West Ham vice-chairman at the time, Karren Brady described the player "as a big fat mistake" in her newspaper column.