This article forms part of our Profit Players feature series, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how well a player has fared since being signed or sold, using statistical figures and statements from pundits to prove how good of a deal the club managed to achieve.
When West Ham United signed midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker from Wimbledon in 2004, the player was approaching his twenties and had only been playing professional football for two years before his £675,000 move, per Transfermarkt. No one could have expected the player would go on to have such a great impact at the East London side after signing for this fee, but the price the Hammers paid for him has proven to be an absolute bargain.
Was Reo-Coker a bargain for West Ham?
The Englishman made 137 appearances for the Irons, and even though he was more of a defensive midfielder, he managed to score 11 goals during the four seasons he was at the club, per Transfermarkt. His first campaign at Upton Park saw him help the Hammers achieve promotion to the Premier League in the playoff final.
After a few years with the Irons, he then made the move to fellow top flight side Aston Villa for £11.25 million, via Transfermarkt, meaning that the club made over £10 million profit on Reo-Coker.
He continued to enjoy his Premier League career at Villa, making 124 appearances, however after his four years at the club the midfielder struggled, eventually moving to Bolton on a free from the Villans before moving to many other clubs on free transfers before retiring in 2018.
This highlights that there is no doubt the Hammers managed to make a great profit on the player, and it emphasises that the price they got him for back in 2004 was a steal.
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