January transfer window: The five worst winter signings

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The January transfer window is fast approaching and teams throughout the Premier League will be searching for the perfect additions to improve their current situation.

The winter window is notoriously tough to get deals complete for a suitable price, but sometimes the right signing can completely change a team's fortunes in the final months of the campaign.

However, there is the potential for it to drastically backfire. With that in mind, here are the five worst January signings in Premier League.


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Fernando Torres

The Spaniard was looked upon as one of the most lethal strikers in the world during his time at Liverpool having scored 81 goals in 142 appearances. However, his stint in west London was far less successful.

El Nino joined Chelsea for £50 million in the 2011 window but only managed a miserly 45 goals in 172 appearances during his three-year spell at Stamford Bridge.

However, he did score some important goals and departed the Premier League for AC Milan with FA Cup, Champions League and Europa League winners' medals.

Andy Carroll

Torres' Liverpool departure paved the way for a double deal that saw the Reds bring in Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez.

Suarez's time at Anfield was a huge success, but the same could not be said for the Geordie, who cost £30 million.

The forward fired 11 goals in 58 appearances before being loaned out to West Ham United. He completed a permanent move to the London outfit in 2013 but has suffered heavily with injuries.

Juan Cuadrado

Chelsea forked out an initial fee of £23.3 million in 2015 for Columbian winger Juan Cuadrado, who had set the World Cup alight the previous summer. 

The former Fiorentina man was seen as a direct replacement for Andre Schurrle but struggled to break into the first-team at Stamford Bridge as they won the Premier League title. 

Under Jose Mourinho, Cuadrado made just 15 appearances in all competitions. Just four of his 13 showings in the league came from the start. He was subsequently loaned out to Juventus at the beginning of the 2015-16 season.

Chris Samba

Samba was signed by relegation-battling QPR in 2013 for a fee of £12.5 million and upon his arrival, Harry Redknapp declared:  "Chris is just what we need. He's a monster. Great in the air, quick, a leader, strong, fantastic in both boxes, hard as nails."

However, the defender struggled with life in the Premier League and his disastrous first-half performance in the 3-2 defeat to Fulham, after which he apologised to fans, summed up his time at Loftus Road.

Samba made ten appearances for the Hoops, who finished bottom on the table, before rejoining Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala in the summer.

Kim Kallstrom

Jose Antonio Reyes and Andrey Arshavin were contenders to make the list. However, they were trumped by the loan signing of Kim Kallstrom in 2014. 

The Swede moved to north London from Spartak Moscow despite a back injury being discovered during his medical.

He was ushered in to bolster Arsenal's midfield after a setback to Aaron Ramsey, but made just four appearances in all competitions as the Gunners finished 4th. But he did win the FA Cup, scoring a penalty in the semi-final shootout win over Wigan Atheltic. 

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