It’s transfer deadline day, and whilst the reporters out in the field (or usually the car park) do their best to bring us the breaking news on any deals, we’re in the mood to look back at some of the best and worst moves on this most exciting, infuriating, very-much-over-the-top-but-we-still-watch-it-anyway of days.
Luis Suarez – Ajax to Liverpool, £22.8m, January 2011
Mad as a hatter he may be, but Suarez is a special talent and certainly was for Liverpool over three-and-a-half years, 133 appearances and 82 goals. A snip at just under £23m.
Daniel Sturridge – Chelsea to Bolton, Loan, January 2011
On that same January day in 2011, Daniel Sturridge was squeezed out at Chelsea following the arrival of a certain forward at Stamford Bridge, and after going on loan to Bolton he scored eight goals in 12 appearances, a spell which he still credits for restoring his confidence today.
Asmir Begovic – Portsmouth to Stoke, £3.25m, January 2010
The financial issues at Portsmouth had hit hard by January 2010, and they were forced to sell promising goalkeeper Asmir Begovic to Stoke in order to help keep the wolf from the door. The Bosnian has never looked back since his switch to the Britannia, becoming one of the Premier League’s most consistent stoppers.
Fernando Torres – Liverpool to Chelsea, £50m, January 2011
You knew he was coming, didn’t you? Fernando Torres was an idol at Anfield in January 2011, but injuries, the arrival of Roy Hodgson as manager and a haircut seemed to have destroyed his confidence. That didn’t stop Chelsea paying £50m for him though, and the result was, well, less than spectacular…
Andy Carroll – Newcastle to Liverpool, £35m, January 2011
THIRTY-FIVE MILLION. Yep, still seems mad. Liverpool spent over two-thirds of that Torres money on bringing in Andy Carroll from Newcastle, but the powerful young Englishman was, well, just not up to the job. Injuries and a lack of suitability to the Reds’ playing style meant that it was often a struggle for him, and he’s now at West Ham.
Afonso Alves – Heerenveen to Middlesbrough, £12m, January 2008
The Brazilian Afonso Alves once famously scored seven goals in a game for Heerenveen in the Eredivisie, so surely he’d be the man to take Middlesbrough to new heights? Well, no. He was rubbish and Boro were relegated a year-and-a-half later.