This article forms part of our Total Duds feature series, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how a player has fared since being signed or sold, using statistical figures and statements from pundits to prove how bad a deal the club got.
West Ham United were looking for bargains back in January 2009 and ended up picking up Savio Nsereko from Brescia for a fee of £7.65m, per Transfermarkt. The winger looked to be a promising signing as he had won caps for the Germany under-20 side, which seemed to bode well for the future.
Nsereko featured for the Brescia first team before signing for the Hammers and he had a decent record as he managed to make 25 appearances, with three goals and four assists to his name. To have one goal contribution in just under every four games was a promising return for a young player.
It was always going to be hard for him as he joined West Ham halfway through the season, and it clearly showed as he only managed 11 appearances for the east London side in all competitions. He only recorded two assists but he was clearly not favoured in training as he started only once and otherwise had to be content with substitute appearances, per Transfermarkt.
Clearly he did not set the world alight at the Boleyn Ground and the Irons were not willing to hold onto him for too long as he was sold only six months after signing for the club.
It was arguably a risky transfer in the first place as he was a young footballer who had shown potential but ultimately it wasn’t a good move and West Ham duly lost more than £2m on a punt that didn’t work out.
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