The history is fierce between West Ham And Tottenham Hotspur, with their rivalry stretching back from the 1890s. The first fixture between the sides took place in September
1898, with Spurs running out 3-0 winners. From that day, the rivalry between the sides has intensified with every passing season. But, still, there have been a number of players that have crossed the divide and played for both sides. But, who has played for both West Ham and Spurs during their career?
Michael Carrick was one of the huge number of players that West Ham United were able to progress through their academy during the late 90s. Carrick joined the youth academy at the Hammers in 1997, before making his debut two years later for the club. He made over 130 appearances for the club across a five-year stay with the club, before leaving in the summer of 2004 after the Hammers failed to gain promotion back to the Premier League.
Carrick signed for Spurs for a fee of £3.5 million, but his first season at the club was difficult. He fell out of favour with Jacques Santini early in the season and didn’t become a regular until Martin Jol replaced the Frenchman. Carrick went on to play 64 times for Spurs, before moving on to Manchester United in the summer of 2006.
Like Carrick, Jermaine Defoe was also part of the same youth team at West Ham United. He made his debut for the senior side in 2000, before then spending the 2000-01 season on loan with Bournemouth. After returning from the loan, he became an integral part of the Hammers team, as he scored 41 goals in 105 games. However, he moved to Spurs in January 2004 after the Hammers were relegated to the First Division.
He became an instant hit for Spurs by scoring seven goals in 15 games in the second half of the 2003-04 season. His best goalscoring season came the following year as he scored 22 goals in 44 games in all competitions. Defoe left the club in January 2008 but returned just 12 months later. Defoe stayed at the club six further seasons and scored 79 goals in 186 games. He remains the sixth-highest scorer in Spurs history.
When it comes to the best player that has played for both West Ham and Spurs, there isn’t much of a discussion. Jimmy Greaves remains the highest scorer in the history of the top-flight, while no player has ever beaten his tally of six hat-tricks for England. Greaves joined Tottenham in 1961 after a brief spell with AC Milan.
He spent nine years with the club, where he scored 266 goals in 381 games. Greaves was an integral part of the Spurs side that won two FA Cups and the European Cup Winners’ Cup. He left Spurs 1970 and played for two seasons with West Ham. He scored 13 goals in 40 games before dropping down the divisions to play for Brentwood.