On this day in 2000: Leeds and West Ham agree £18million fee for Rio Ferdinand

Rio Ferdinand Leeds United
(Image credit: Phil Noble)

Rio Ferdinand became the world’s most expensive defender on this day in 2000 when Leeds’ £18million bid was finally accepted by West Ham.

Ferdinand, then 22, rubber-stamped the deal a few days later when he signed a five-and-a-half-year contract.

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