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Top 5: Strangest January transfers

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The January transfer window is a time for reinforcement, getting rid of disgruntled players and total panic.

Managers and owners alike seem to forget all common-sense, as some of the following transfers are about to show. Although some class bit of business have happened in January (Luis Suarez to Liverpool surely tops the list?) there has also been some absolute baffling and unforgivable transfers. Check these out....

Thomas Gravesen | Everton to Real Madrid | £2million (January 2005)

Gravesen was a legend at Goodison Park, his all-action displays in midfield earned him plaudits from everyone in the game. However, he was told he could leave at the end of the season when Real Madrid came knocking, Everton cashed out early.

The step up in quality proved too much for the Dane to handle and 18 months later he was gone. His time wasn't without controversy either, in august 2006 a hard challenge on Brazilian showboater Robinho, led to a training ground scuffle that effective ended his career as a Galactico. 

Afonso Alves | SC Heerenveen to Middlesborough | £12.5million (January 2008)

The Brazilian arrived at the Riverside stadium with a big reputation and a bigger price tag. He arrived in a rich vein of form, having notched an incredible 45 goals in 39 games for the Dutch club, unfortunately he never found his feet on the other side of the North Sea.

Despite a hat-trick against Manchester City, his form was never rediscovered, and in his second season with the club they were relegated from the Premier League. A return of ten goals in 42 games saw him earn a move to Al-Saad, he has spent his time in the middle east since.

Chris Samba | Anzhi Makhachkala to QPR | £12.5million (January 2013)

QPR have some money to throw around, on this occasion they simply threw it away - the Samba fiasco is still baffling. He arrived for a reported sum of £12.5million signing a four-year contract worth £100k-a-week, this already left fans scratching their heads, he was solid at Blackburn but nothing more.

His move proved to be a disaster. QPR continued to concede goals and were promptly relegated from the top flight, Samba looked disinterested at best. A notable performance came against West London rivals Fulham, giving away a penalty and possession, led to a 3-2 defeat. Six months later and he was sold back to Anzhi for the same price in which he came.

Andy Carroll | Newcastle United to Liverpool | £35million (January 2011)

This deal went through on deadline day after Fernando Torres had been sold to Chelsea for £50million (another astonishing, but not bizarre, piece of business). Carroll had been enjoying a good season in the Premier League, scoring 11 times. However this was a case of panic buying at its best.

At the time he was a unproven Premier league striker, having only played in the league for six months, but Liverpool needed someone - anyone. Carroll was now the most expensive British player of all time, unfortunately his performances never lived up to this tag. Injuries kept him out the side, and 18 months later he was shipped out on loan to West Ham, this turned into a permeant move for £15million. Six goals in 44 games proved a very expensive outlay.

Julien Faubert | West Ham United to Real Madrid | Season long loan - £1.5m fee (January 2009)

Probably the most bizarre deal on this list and potentially in recorded football history. Known as injury prone, it took everyone by surprise to know that he was now heading out on loan to the Spanish giants; he had only made 20 first team appearances that year.

Predictably his move turned into a disaster. He missed training due to thinking he 'had the day off' and was spotted having a little nap whilst on the bench for his new team. After two appearances his loan was terminated, he enjoyed brief success with West Ham in the Championship, and went on to appear over 100 times for the club before leaving on a free transfer.

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