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Fulham most expensive signings - How Premier League side spent almost £550 million on incoming transfers

3:00 AM EST 1/26/23
Fulham most expensive signings
Exactly how much money have Fulham spent on new players in this millennium?

One of the most iconic clubs in London, Fulham have had their share of highs and lows in the Premier League era.

The Cottagers peaked when they reached the 2010 Europa League final.

After 13 consecutive seasons in the Premier League, Fulham were relegated in 2014 and since then, changed divisions from time to time before being promoted back to the top tier after winning the 2021-22 Championship title.

Over the years, some great players have featured for Fulham. We all know Louis Saha and Dimitar Berbatov, but did you know, even the legendary George Best featured for them, albeit for just one season?

So, who are Fulham's most expensive transfers since the turn of the millennium?

Let's take a look!

Fulham most expensive transfers by season






Joao Palhinha




Harry Wilson




Anthony Knockaert




Ivan Cavaleiro




Jean Michael Seri




Rui Fonte




Ragnar Sigurdsson




Tom Cairney




Ross McCormack




Konstantinos Mitroglou




Dimitar Berbatov




Bryan Ruiz




Mousa Dembele




Damien Duff




Andy Johnson




Diomansy Kamara




Franck Queudrue




Michael Brown




Papa Bouba Diop




Collins John




Facundo Sava




Steve Marlet




Alain Goma





*All stats via Transfermarkt

Fulham top 10 most expensive player signings

  • Andy Johnson FC Fulham

    #10 Andy Johnson | £11.97 million | Everton | 2008

    One of the stars of the early 2000s in the Premier League, Andy Johnson started at youth level at Birmingham City before joining Crystal Palace for £1.04 million in July 2002.

    Johnson made 140 appearances for Palace, scoring 74 goals. After Palace failed to gain promotion to the Premier League at the end of the 2005-06 campaign, Johnson made the move to Everton for £9.90m in July 2006.

    The English international played 61 games for The Toffees, scoring 17 goals over two years before Fulham signed him for £11.97m in July 2008.

    Johnson scored 13 goals in 86 appearances between 2008 and 2012 for the Cottagers.

    He moved to QPR in 2012 before returning to Palace and retiring at Selhurst Park.

  • Harry Wilson Fulham 2021-22

    #9 Harry Wilson | £12.60 million | Liverpool | 2021

    Welsh winger Harry Wilson was highly rated ever since the time he joined Liverpool's youth academy in 2005 as an eight-year-old.

    Wilson rose through the ranks at Melwood to make his first team debut for the Reds in January 2017 in a 1-0 away win over Plymouth Argyle in the FA Cup.

    A year later, he was moved on loan to Hull City followed by similar moves to Derby County, Bournemouth, Cardiff City and Fulham.

    Fulham decided to make his move permanent in the summer of 2022, signing the talented winger for £12.60 million.

  • Kostas Mitroglou Fulham

    #8 Konstantinos Mitroglou | £13.68 million | Olympiacos | 2013

    After rising through the ranks at Borussia Monchengladbach's youth team, Konstantinos Mitroglou featured for their U-19 team for one season between 2006-07.

    In the summer of 2007, the Greek striker joined Olympiacos in a £180,000 move.

    He made 92 appearances, scoring 41 goals for the Greek side, helping them claim their 36th league title in his first season at the club.

    In January 2014, Fulham signed Mitroglou for £13.68m and after making just three appearances for them in seven months, he was loaned back to Olympiacos.

    In August 2015, he moved to Benfica for a season-long loan, before the Portuguese giants signed him for £6.3m.

    Benfica sold him for more than double that amount when they shipped him to Marseille for £13.50m in the summer of 2017.

  • Alfie Mawson Fulham

    #7 Alfie Mawson | £15.17 million | Swansea | 2018

    Alfie Mawson started his career at youth level at Reading before moving to Brentford, where he was loaned out to multiple clubs until Barnsley signed him in 2015 in a free transfer.

    In his first and only season at Barnsley, the centre-back performed well, scoring eight goals in 49 appearances and coming up with inspiring defensive performances.

    In 2016, Swansea City signed him for £5.31 million and he played in the Premier League for the first time. In the 2017-18 season, Mawson scored a memorable goal in Swansea's 1-0 home win against Liverpool.

    However, they got relegated that season and newly promoted Fulham brought him back to the Premier League for £15.17m.

  • Steve Marlet Fulham

    #6 Steve Marlet | £15.84 million | Lyon | 2001

    French striker Steve Marlet began his career at Red Star FC in France in 1991, scoring 42 goals in 137 appearances for them before moving to Auxerre for free in 1997.

    Four years later, he made another free transfer to Lyon.

    In his only season there, Marlet scored 13 goals in 36 appearances before Fulham spent a club record £15.84 million to sign him in the summer of 2001.

    The Frenchman could only make just 54 appearances and score 11 goals in his four-year spell at the Craven Cottage.

    Marlet stayed Fulham's most expensive signing in their history until July 2008.

  • Issa Diop - West Ham United 2019

    #5 Issa Diop | £16.02 million | West Ham | 2022

    Issa Diop made his debut for Toulouse's first team in November 2015 and went on to make 85 appearances for them in a three-year spell.

    In the summer of 2018, West Ham came calling, signing the French centre-back for a then club record £22.50 million, beating their previous record when they signed Marko Arnautovic.

    In his four years with the Hammers, Diop made 96 appearances, scoring six goals and contributing positively to their defensive setup under David Moyes.

    Fulham swooped for him in August 2022, signing the 25-year-old defender for £16.02m.

  • Joao Palhinha Fulham 2022-23

    #4 Joao Palhinha | £18 million | Sporting CP | 2022

    Portuguese defensive midfielder Joao Palhinha graduated from Sporting CP's youth academy and was promoted to their first team in January 2017.

    In the following two seasons, he was sent on loan to Braga where he made 76 appearances, helping them to a third-place finish in the 2019-20 season of the Portuguese league.

    In the 2020-21 season, he was brought back into Sporting's team and he went on to make 32 appearances for the eventual Portuguese champions that season.

    After not getting enough chances to establish himself at the club, Palhinha moved to Fulham in July 2022 for £18 million, making him the fourth most expensive transfer in their history.

  • Aleksandar Mitrovic Fulham 2022-23

    #3 Aleksandar Mitrovic | £22.23 million | Newcastle | 2018

    Serbia's greatest international goalscorer, Aleksandar Mitrovic joined Newcastle United from Anderlecht in July 2015 for £16.65 million.

    In his three-season spell with the Toons, the Serbian striker scored 14 goals in 65 appearances before Fulham signed him on loan on January 31, 2018.

    Mitrovic made 17 appearances for Fulham until the end of the 2017-18 season, scoring 12 goals!

    The Cottagers were impressed with his performances and decided to permanently sign him for £22.23m on July 30, 2018.

    Since then, Mitrovic has gone on to feature in more than 150 games for Fulham, scoring 92 goals, which includes an incredible 43 goals that he scored for them in 44 games in the 2021-22 Championship season.

  • Andre-Frank Anguissa

    #2 Frank Anguissa | £22.37 million | Marseille | 2018

    After spending his youth career at Reims, Frank Anguissa joined Marseille's reserve team in 2015 before being promoted to their senior team a year later.

    Until 2018, the Cameroonian midfielder made 79 appearances for Marseille's senior team, including the 2018 Europa League final in May which they lost to Atletico Madrid.

    Later that summer, Fulham signed him for £22.37 million, making him their second most expensive transfer in history.

    Anguissa made 61 appearances for Fulham spread over his four-year spell at the club, which included season-long loan moves to Villarreal (2019-20) and Napoli (2021-22).

    Napoli decided to sign him permanently for £13.50m in July 2022.

  • Jean Michael Seri Fulham

    #1 Jean Michael Seri | £27 million | Nice | 2018

    French central midfielder Jean Michael Seri's name was doing the rounds towards the end of the 2017-18 season after he came up with some impressive performances for Nice in Ligue 1.

    Fulham pounced on the opportunity to sign the Ivory Coast international for £27 million, thus breaking their transfer record.

    Seri couldn't establish himself at Craven Cottage and was loaned to Galatasaray in July 2019.

    After bit-part appearances in the 2020-21 season, he was loaned to Bordeaux in January 2021 before returning to the club later that summer.

    In July 2022, Seri left Fulham and joined Hull City for free.