The Five Worst January Deadline Day Deals in Premier League History

By Guest Contributor - 31/01/2017

By Sam Bennett

Transfer deadline day is upon us again. Football fans up and down the nation sit with their eyes firmly glued to their TV screens, watching Sky’s Jim White rattle off the rumours about where Peter Odemwingie has driven himself now.

Some teams have left it late to great success, with stars like Luis Suarez, Wayne Rooney and Mesut Ozil all completing transfers on deadline day.

But for every Luis Suarez there is an Andy Carroll. Here are five January deadline day deals that would have Harry Redknapp winding up his car window and speeding off.


Andy Carroll, Newcastle to Liverpool (£35m), Jan 2011

Andy CarrollThe injury-prone Geordie managed only 11 goals in his 58 appearances for the Reds, struggling for regular game time and failing to make a huge impression when he did get on the field.

Luis Suarez’s arrival earlier on the same day only hurt Carroll more, as the controversial Uruguayan shone and made competition for a place up front even stiffer.

Liverpool did recoup £15m of the fee by selling the target man to West Ham in 2015, but it still must go down as a shocker from ‘King’ Kenny Dalglish.



Christopher Samba, Anzhi Makhachkala to QPR (£12m), Jan 2013 2013


Christopher SambaAlways one for a last minute deal, Harry Redknapp won’t look back too fondly on his £12m signing of Chris Samba.

The herculean Congolese international was offered a huge wage packet to tempt him from oil-rich Anzhi.

But he failed to provide anything like the impressive physical displays that highlighted his previous spell in English football with Blackburn.

QPR were relegated and Samba was dropped for the final four games of the season by new boss Chris Ramsey, as Rangers sank into the Championship.




Eric Djemba-Djemba, Manchester United to Aston Villa (£2m), Jan 2005


Eric Djemba-DjembaRegarded as one of Alex Ferguson’s more questionable transfers, Djemba-Djemba never made much of an impression at the Theatre of Dreams and looked out of his depth in the Premier League.

That didn’t stop Villa from spending a reasonable at the time £2m fee on the Cameroonian. But in two-and-a-half seasons at Villa Park, the midfielder only played in 11 games, failed to score, and was released on a free once Martin O’Neill took over in 2007.

Although he came cheap, the question of why Djemba-Djemba was signed at all has never truly been answered.




Afonso Alves, Heerenveen to Middlesbrough (£13m), Jan 2008


Afonso AlvesA huge fee at the time for a yo-yo team like Middlesbrough, the signing of Alves made a statement to the rest of the Premier League that the Teesiders were ready to compete with the big boys.

Unfortunately, Alves was simply not the man to spend on. He had lit up the Eredivisie with previous side Heerenveen, scoring an incredible 45 goals in 39 games.

Although he clearly loved playing the Manchester sides, scoring a brace against United and a hat-trick against City, Alves’ game failed to translate against the rest of the Premier League.

He was shipped off to Al-Sadd in Qatar for half of what Boro paid for him 18 months prior.




Benni McCarthy, Blackburn to West Ham (undisclosed), Jan 2010


Benni McCarthyAlthough the actual fee that bought South Africa’s record goalscorer to Upton Park was never disclosed, this must go down as one of the least successful transfers of the Premier League era.

McCarthy appeared overweight and off the pace from the get-go, and the once clinical striker failed to score a single goal for the Hammers in his 14 appearances.

He wasn’t even registered for West Ham’s Premier League squad in the following season, and it took a £1.5m payoff to release him from his contract in April 2011.




Main image: @MiddlesbroughRR



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