The acquisition of Roger Johnson did little to dispel fears that West Ham may be relegated this term, with the on-loan defender having become something of a drop specialist in recent seasons.
Johnson suffered relegation with Birmingham City in 2011 before two successive drops with Wolves, but the 30-year-old has now been propelled from League One to the Premier League with a loan switch to Upton Park.
Only six months ago and West Ham were parting with a club record fee to sign Andy Carroll from Liverpool, but now they have been forced to plunge the depths of the Football League to reinforce their depleted squad.
The Hammers had hoped to secure the acquisition of Jonny Heitinga but this month, after being rejected by the Everton defender, had to lower their sights to Johnson. It was a deal borne out of necessity, but one that is underwhelming at the very best.
Johnson's move is up there with the most disappointing in recent memory, and GMS picks out six others featuring more prominent clubs…