Ali Dia - Southampton

Although it may appear to be somewhat of a cliche, no list of baffling and downright bizarre top-flight transfers would be complete without mentioning the odd case of Senegalese striker Dia. 

After plying his trade ineffectively in lower league sides around the continent, Dia decided to try his luck in England and somehow - and exactly how this happened is subject to much controversy - managed to convince Southampton boss Graeme Souness that he was, in fact, the cousin of Liberian star George Weah.

This clearly wasn't true, however, and Dia made one solitary substitute appearance for the Saints against Leeds United in 1996.

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