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Five of the worst: Transfer decisions

Things haven't gone to plan for Drogba. (©GettyImages)
Things haven't gone to plan for Drogba. (©GettyImages).

Loic Remy does not appear to be the ambitious type. The former Marseille forward could have signed for Newcastle - still involved in European competition - this week, but had a last minute change of heart.

When it appeared everything was agreed for a transfer to St James' Park, Queens Park Rangers - in serious threat of relegation - entered the race for Remy and, ultimately, offered the France international more money.

Unsurprisingly, but not unforgivingly, Remy decided to forgo European football and join a club five points from Premier League safety and without history on their side.

At present the move to Loftus Road appears to be a mistake by Remy, and should he be left regretting his choice, the 26-year-old would not be the first player made to look foolish by his choice of transfer.

Here are five other players who were made to rue their choice of club…

Nuri Sahin

Real Madrid to Liverpool

Nuri Sahin was at the centre of an intense battle between Arsenal and Liverpool in the last transfer window as both clubs strived to secure his services on a season-long loan from Real Madrid.

The Turkey international was reported to have undergone a medical at Arsenal, but was wooed by a last minute intervention by Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers.

Despite his willingness to reject Champions League football, joining Liverpool ahead of Arsenal was not such a baffling decision by Sahin, who impressed in his first few weeks at Anfield.

But Sahin soon found himself struggling to gain a place in Rodgers' team, and his loan was terminated after just five months with Liverpool.

Aleksandr Hleb

Arsenal to Barcelona

Aleksandr Hleb had established himself as an important member of Arsenal's midfield by the summer of 2008, leading Barcelona to make an approach for the Belorussian.

Arsenal tried to resist the Catalan giants, but Hleb was 'mentally tired' in London and wanted a move from the Emirates Stadium - eventually being granted his wish and completing a €15 million switch.

Hleb went on to feature in Barcelona's Treble winning side the following season, but failed to fit properly at the Camp Nou and was loaned out to former club Stuttgart after just one year in Spain.

The midfielder never played for Barcelona after his first campaign with the club and was loaned to Birmingham and Wolfsburg, before his contract was terminated in January 2012.

Scott Sinclair

Swansea to Manchester City

Scott Sinclair signed for Manchester City from Swansea on August 31 last year and, 138 days later, the winger has played only 158 minutes for the Premier League champions.

The 23-year-old was one of Swansea's leading lights during their first season in the Premier League but saw his head turned when Manchester City began sniffing around in the summer.

Perhaps with ideas above his station, the former Chelsea youngster told Swansea he wanted to quit the Liberty Stadium for the Etihad Stadium and, so far, it is a decision to have backfired.

Sinclair may be raking in a fair wedge at Manchester City, but his international ambitions and career progression are taking quite the beating at the moment.

Didier Drogba

Chelsea to Shanghai Shenhua

Didier Drogba left Chelsea last summer as, perhaps, the greatest Stamford Bridge legend of them all having scored the decisive penalty that secured the European Cup for the west London club.

The veteran striker opted to run down his contract with Chelsea - and departed in the perfect circumstances - and was courted by a number of Europe's elite when he became a free agent.

Despite the offers to stay in Europe, Drogba opted for one final payday and signed for Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua - joining up with former Chelsea teammate Nicolas Anelka.

But things have not exactly panned out as Drogba would have hoped, and reports of financial meltdown and unpaid wages have led to speculation the Ivorian could make a swift exit from China.

Paul Gascoigne

Newcastle to Tottenham

Having been named Barclays Young Player of the Year for the 1987/88 season, Newcastle United's Paul Gascoigne was the hottest young property in English football.

Manchester United and Tottenham entered into a bidding war for the 21-year-old that summer, and Sir Alex Ferguson thought he had got his man.

But, intent on squeezing as many perks as possible out of Spurs (a house, a tanning bed etc), Gazza decided to reject Manchester United and move to White Hart Lane.

Gascoigne did enjoy some success with Spurs - winning the FA Cup - but missed out on the opportunity to join a side soon to become one of the strongest ever in English football.

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