Charlton Athletic to Leeds United, Jul 1996, £2.8m
Lee Bowyer was one of England's best goal scoring midfielders at the peak of a career which has been mired in seemingly endless controversy. He joined Charlton in 1994 but only a year later he was suspended and ordered to undergo rehabilitation after a Football Association drugs test found marijuana in his blood. In July 1996 he became Britain's most expensive teenage footballer when he joined Leeds for £2.7 million. But Bowyer was in trouble again in December of that year, after admitting affray for which he was fined £4,500.In March 2000, Bowyer was charged with causing grievous bodily harm and affray following an attack on an Asian student. Despite this, Bowyer continued to play and score in Leeds United's run to the semi-final of the Champions League. Eventually, after a retrial Bowyer was cleared of all charges in December, 2001. In 2003, Bowyer moved to West Ham and then on to Newcastle. In July 2006, Bowyer admitted an offence of using threatening behaviour in relation to an on-pitch altercation with Kieron Dyer in April 2005.
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