Five worst January signings

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It might seem like a good idea at the time, but as the season draws to a close, many managers will be ruing their own exuberance in the January transfer window, decisions that are likely to have impacted greatly on their club's fortunes in the second half of the campaign.

Many players will be thinking that their decisions in the window, with increased first-team opportunities on offer, could have been more considered. As a result of players and clubs having a scatter-gun approach to their January dealings, there's quite frequently the dud deal that fails to sparkle.

GMF thought it the ideal opportunity to look at some of the worst signings in the winter window..

Wayne Bridge
Manchester City to Sunderland (Loan)
Appearances/Goals: 5/0

With the Black Cats suffering at left-back, a move for Bridge, who had been all but exiled at Manchester City, looked like a shrewd switch.

However, the former England international has featured just three times from the start in the league this season and has rarely looked enthused by his new surroundings.

The 31-year-old looks certain to return to Etihad Stadium this summer - briefly at least.

Tim Ream
New York Red Bulls to Bolton Wanderers (£2.5 million)
Appearances/Goals: 7/0

Ream's time at the Reebok Stadium has been anything but a dream since his January move from the MLS.

The state-side division will have gained little credibility from his floundering displays in the Premier League this season, the latest coming in Bolton's defeat to Newcastle United.

In fact Ream's performances have been so uncertain that it begs the question why Arsenal and Everton expressed an interest to begin with.

Federico Macheda
Manchester United to Queens Park Rangers (Loan)
Appearances/Goals: 6/0

The Italian made his Rangers debut on the same day he moved from Old Trafford, but frankly it didn't get much better for the striker.

He wound up being fined by the Football Association for a homophobic comment he made on Twitter, while his on the pitch form was also failing to inspire.

An ankle injury eventually put paid to his career at Loftus Road career, with his season now over.

Ravel Morrison
Manchester United to West Ham United (£1 million)
Appearances/Goals: 1/0

The much-hyped midfielder, albeit 19, has had little impact on the Hammers' promotion push, playing just once since his January move.

Morrison's off the field antics have grabbed more headlines, being fined by The FA for homophobic comments on Twitter.

It's the latest off the field incident to dominate his career, and it's yet to be seen whether he'll be trusted in the first-team again this season.

Fabian Delph
Aston Villa to Leeds United (Loan)
Appearances/Goals: 5/0

In theory the deal to take Delph back to Elland Road worked perfectly for both parties.

Delph required minutes to regain full fitness, while Leeds were looking to fill the void left by Jonny Howson.

However, Delph was unable to replicate his performances from his first Leeds spell, featuring in three defeats in his five games, and seeing injury cut short his spell.

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