5 Biggest Money Transfers in Tottenham Hotspur History


Although we have sold some of our star players for big money over the years, there is no denying that at Tottenham Hotspur some managers have splashed some hefty fees on signings.

Only on one occasion have we broken the British transfer fee record, to capture the talent of Martin Peters from West Ham United in 1970 for £200,000. Twice the record has been broken with players departing from Spurs; Chris Waddle to Marseille in 1989 (£4.25m) and Paul Gascoigne to Lazio in 1992 (£5.5m).

But which players have been the most expensive in Tottenham’s illustrious history? And did they ultimately prove to be money well spent? Take a look below…


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HUDDERSFIELD, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 30: Davinson Sanchez of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates vitroy with Harry Winks of Tottenham Hotspur and Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur after the Premier League match between Huddersfield Town and Tottenham Hotspur at John Smith's Stadium on September 30, 2017 in Huddersfield, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

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  1. Shame that the intro was TOTALLY incorrect about Spurs and British record transfers – as for the five players listed, what an indictment of Levy's management of transfers, only Modric being a success, with the others money down the drain.

    • Bent actually broke even once he was sold onto to Aston Villa. Sell on clause. Modric success. Dembele is amazing. And Spurs actually made some money on Keane because he bought him back for less. Plus he did a lot for the club. Only Bentley is a flop because of his lengthy injuries. Defoe has been amazing as well.

  2. Didn't the signing of Jimmy Greaves in 1961 break the British transfer record. From what I remember he was signed for £99,999 – the reason being that Nicholson did not want to be the first manager to spend £100K on a player.

    I could well be wrong tho

    • No you are correct Steve. I think it was Nick didn't want Jimmy to be the first £100,OOO player. Of course he was a wonderful capture. His worth today at his peak would be about £ 50,ooo,ooo.

      • I think a lot more than £50M. Jimmy Greaves was the best natural goal poacher I think I ever saw. He had that amazing ability to always be able to find space in acrowded penalty box

  3. Gazza also broke the British transfer fee record when we signed him! Apart from being totally wrong at least twice the intro’s perfect.

    And Robbie from Liverpool was indeed money down the drain. Robbie from Leeds was not.

    Could argue that a 10m loss on sale/rebuy of Defoe was not money well spent either.

  4. Dembele a failure? By the way we got all our money back on Bent. There was a clause in his sale to Sunderland, that it they ever sold him for more than £16.5m, we got the extra £6.5m back. They duly sold him for £24m including add-ons. Steve Bruce was asked on radio whether Sunderland would now splash the cash. His reply was that next week they had to make a £4m instalment to Spurs, because of the sale.


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