On this day 10 years ago, Craig Bellamy joined West Ham in a deal worth £7.5 million to make him the club’s record signing.
The Welshman joined the Hammers as an already well traveled forward having spent time with Norwich City, Coventry City, Newcastle United, Celtic, Blackburn Rovers and most recently Liverpool, with whom he spent one season.
In two injury hit two seasons with he club, Bellamy averaged just over a goal every three games, scoring 9 times in only 26 appearances in Claret and Blue. Such were his performances for Gionfranco Zola’s side, Bellamy was subject to a £14 million bid from Manchester City, which the club accepted and saw the striker leave the Boleyn Ground after a frustrating two years.
The fiery forward went on to play for a number of other clubs, and finished his career with home town club Cardiff before his retirement in 2014. Bellamy scored a total of 189 career goals, 19 of them coming for Wales.