[Archived] Mark Hughes - Good Choice ? in Football Messageboard Archive Posted August 1, 2007 Hearing £3.3 million as the mooted fee for Santa Cruz has got me thinking about what a fantastic job Mark Hughes has done in the transfer market. I believe that his net outlay is small, but he's nonetheless managed to reshape the side with some real quality. I've done some searching online but haven't been able to find anything, so my question is: does anyone have a list of Mark Hughes' transfers in his two and a half years at the helm? If we're able to put together an accurate list, I think we'll be astounded at his success. Here's what I could come up with (going off Soccerbase and some of my own recollections): Out: Neil Danns Javier de Pedro (free) Barry Ferguson (£4.5 million) Ciaran Donnelly (free) Jonathan Stead (£1.8 million) Jay Bothroyd (end of loan) Youri Djorkaeff (free) Craig Short (free) Nissa Johansson (free) Garry Flitcroft (free) Matt Jansen (free) David Thompson (free) Paul Dickov (free) Richard Lee (end of loan) Florent Sinama Pongolle (end of loan) Craig Bellamy (£6 million) Vratislav Gresko (free) Jemal Johnson (£100,000?) Jonathan Douglas (£100,000?) Shefki Kuqi (£2.5 million) Dominic Matteo (free) Lucas Neill (£1.5 million) Jay McEveley (£600,000) Michael Gray (free) Andy Todd (£750,000) Total Out: £17,850,000 In: Youri Djorkaeff (free) Aaron Mokoena (£600,000) Ryan Nelsen (free) Robbie Savage (£3,000,000) Richard Lee (loan) Shefki Kuqi (free) Craig Bellamy (£3.75 million) Jason Brown (free) Zurab Khizanishvili (£500,000) Florent Sinama Pongolle (loan) David Bentley (£1 million) Francis Jeffers (free) Jason Roberts (£3 million) Benny McCarthy (£2.5 million) Andre Ooijer (£2 million) Stephane Henchoz (free) David Dunn (£2.2 million) Stephen Warnock (£1.5 million) Christopher Samba (£400,000) Maceo Rigters (£250,000) Gunnar Nielsen (£100,000?) Roque Santa Cruz (£3.3 million) Total In: £24,100,000 Net Outlay: £6,250,000 Wow, I really got a bit carried away with that. Anyway, I figure I'm probably off a little bit, as I did guess on some of the undisclosed fees, but Hughes' net spending is probably right around that mark. I also realize that wages aren't factored into any of this, but assuming that the wage bill hasn't grown astronomically (i.e. it has only grown in the manner budgeted for, maybe a few percentage points each year), then it's incredible to note that Hughes has turned this club from a bottom end side to a UEFA Cup side for the price of one Diomansy Kamara.