Kieron Dyer is back in the spotlight with his appearance in the jungle on ‘I’m a celebrity…get me out of here’.

This prompted a West Ham fan to ask one of the owners of the club, David Gold, how much the midfielder cost them in total for his stay at Upton Park.

The West Ham co-owner replied on his Twitter account saying:

“Kieron moved to West Ham for 6m in 2007 played 30 league games with out scoring left in 2011 total wages 10m.”

Yes, £16m West Ham paid out over the space of four years and in return they didn’t get a single goal.

In fact it is even worse than David Gold thinks, as Kieron Dyer actually only started 23 Premier League matches for the Hammers, as well as a number of appearances off the bench.

Working out the £16m compared to only 23 PL starts, gives a cost of around £700,000 per league game for each one Kieron Dyer started.

It was actually one of Newcastle’s best pieces of business as he was becoming increasingly injury prone at St James Park and in his final four seasons at United, Dyer started the following number of Premier League matches:

2003/04 – 25 PL starts

2004/05 – 20

2005/06 – 4

2006/07 – 20

Bearing in mind it was eight years ago, West Ham committed to £50,000 a week wages for four years (4 x £2.5m = £10m).

Newcastle United have far too much experience of expensive transfers going wrong and left to pay wages for years and next to nothing in return.

Nice to see them bodyswerve the odd one like Kieron Dyer once in a while.