Torres failed miserably during his time at Stamford Bridge.

Five of the worst signings from the January transfer window in recent years

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The January transfer window is upon us once again with most clubs seeking to bolster their squads and fulfil their differing ambitions.

Players of real quality often come at a premium during the winter, which often results in high-profile transfers backfiring.

Here are five of the worst January signings made by Premier League clubs in recent years.


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1. Andy Carroll - Liverpool

When Carroll made the move from Newcastle to Merseyside many questioned whether the pony-tailed striker could justify his hefty £35 million price tag.

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Such scepticism was proven right in the end, with the former Tyneside poacher enduring a rather miserable spell at Anfield. His physical style of play was unsuited to Liverpool, whilst constant injury lay-offs hindered any potential run of form in the side.

He did register the odd goal, including a strike against bitter rivals Everton at Goodison Park, but for the most part, Carroll will be remembered for his failings at Liverpool.

Liverpool v Chelsea - FA Cup Final

It probably didn't help that Luis Suarez signed during the same window and, of course, the Uruguayan went on to become a club legend.

2. Fernando Torres - Chelsea

Talking of expensive flops, here is another example still fresh in the memory of most Premier League fans. During his time at Liverpool Torres became a cult hero, notching 50 goals for the club faster than anyone before and forging a deadly partnership with Steven Gerrard.

Despite the Spaniard enduring a poor run of form prior to the move, Chelsea saw fit to splash £50 million on Torres to try and galvanise their lacklustre forward line at the time.

Sadly, Roman Abramovich's money was probably better spent being flushed down the toilet as his new signing became almost a laughing stock at the club.

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Taking 13 games to score his first goal for the club was a poor start to life in west London and an infamous open goal miss against Manchester United typified his miserable stint at the club.

He has been unable to rebuild his career since, which does beg the question: is class really permanent?

3. Kim Kallstrom - Arsenal

One of the most bizarre January transfers to date, albeit only on a six-month loan, the Swedish midfielder arrived at the Emirates Stadium with a back injury that would keep him out for his first two months in north London.

The player brought in from Spartak Moscow was supposed to bring vital experience but instead spent most of his tenure in obscurity.

Wigan Athletic v Arsenal - FA Cup Semi-Final

Making only four appearances in all competitions during his loan, it came as no surprise to hear that Arsenal were not looking to make the deal permanent.

However, he did score in the Gunners' penalty shoot-out victory over Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup semi-final in 2014, but that was just about his only highlight.

4. Juan Cuadrado - Chelsea

Unlike Arsenal's Swedish disaster, Cuadrado's move to Chelsea was met with a lot more optimism after the Colombian winger's explosive exploits for Fiorentina in Serie A, while also impressing at the 2014 World Cup.

Unfortunately, such expectaction didn't come to fruition for the Blues, with Cuadrado failing to deliver at Stamford Bridge.


Restricted playing time and a lack of faith in his ability to adapt to the Premier League saw the Colombian fail to register a single goal or assist during his short stint at the club.

He was promptly shipped off to Juventus in the summer, where he has begun to rediscover the form that saw him courted by the majority of Europe's elite.

Chelsea are known for quite happily throwing money away and Cuadrado was another £23.3 million the club wasted.

5. Andrej Kramaric - Leicester City

A slightly less high-profile acquisition, but Croatian striker Kramaric really has failed to live up to any of the expectations bestowed upon him prior to his arrival in the Premier League.

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Signed for a club record fee of £9 million from FC Rijeka, the striker came with a glowing reputation after scoring 28 goals in 24 appearances for club and country that season.

Despite this, the 23-year-old has failed to deliver at the King Power and drastically fallen down the pecking order since his arrival.

Scoring only two goals in all competitions for the club so far, it seems Kramaric's days are numbered at the Foxes.

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