From Torres to Carroll and Samba to Savio, ten of the Prem’s worst January signings

JANUARY sales have often offered up an expensive mistake.

Here, SunSport runs through a list of ten memorable flops that were brought in during the Prem’s winter window:

Chris Samba, from Anzhi to QPR, £12.5m, 2013

It should tell you enough that Anzi Makhachkala’s director German Tkachenko claimed QPR had “lost their minds” after paying £12.5m for Samba.

Then boss Harry Redknapp described it as an “unbelievable signing”, and it was with Samba making fatal errors and fail to save QPR from relegation while on a reported £100,000-a-week.

Fernando Torres, from Liverpool to Chelsea, £50m, 2011

We all remember the drama of that deadline day signing in 2011 that saw Torres’ move from Anfield to Stamford Bridge break the British transfer record.

We ALSO all remember the subsequent three years that saw the Spaniard become almost unrecognisable from his Liverpool years as injuries hampered him. Costly mistake for Chelsea.

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Fernando Torres broke the British record when he moved to Chelsea[/caption]

Andy Carroll, from Newcastle to Liverpool, £35m, 2011

Torres’ move sparked a merry-go-round as Liverpool spent a significant chunk of their £50m on Carroll.

And just like Torres, the move flopped with the giant Geordie scoring just six goals in two years and ending up leaving for West Ham.

Benni McCarthy, from Blackburn to West Ham, £2.2m, 2010

The Champions League winning striker was meant to help save helpless Hammers from relegation.

Instead, McCarthy was given a £1.5m pay-off after a nightmare 16 months at Upton Park that saw him make 14 appearances, fail to score a goal and fined £200k having failed to lose weight.

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Andy Carroll scored just six goals in two years at Anfield[/caption]


Savio Nsereko, from Brescia to West Ham, £9m, 2009

Record signing Savio was bought with the money Hammers got for Craig Bellamy when then Welshman was sold to Liverpool.

But Savio spent the majority of his time at Upton Park on the bench and proved to be a fragile forward when given the chance. He made just one start and was sold for a huge loss.

Afonso Alves, from Heerenveen to Middlesbrough, £12m, 2008

Another record move that took just a year to fall flat.

Alves cost Boro dearly and it ended up taking the Brazilian forward three months to get his first goal for the club, failing to prevent the club from being relegated.

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Christopher Samba had a remarkable fallout at QPR[/caption]

Ricardo Rocha, from Benfica to Tottenham, £3.2m, 2007

An injury hit two-and-a-half years meant Rocha made just 18 appearances for Spurs.

The Portuguese defender was forgotten about at White Hart Lane after making no appearances in his final season and being released.

Jean-Alain Boumsong, from Rangers to Newcastle, £8m, 2005

Toon handed Boumsong a five-and-a-half year contract and paid £8m for a player Rangers got on a free months earlier. They lived to regret it.

A first season saw him work well alongside Titus Bramble but the following year his form slumped and was sold to Juventus for just £3.3m.

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Benni McCarthy was fined £200k by West Ham having failed to lose weight[/caption]

Scott Parker, from Charlton to Chelsea, £10m, 2004

Having impressed at The Valley, Roman Abramovich forked out £10m for the midfielder in Jose Mourinho first year at the Bridge.

Parker was bought as back-up for Claude Makelele and Frank Lampard which meant his opportunities and Chelsea made a loss when they sold him to Newcastle in 2005.

Michael Ricketts, from Bolton to Middlesbrough, £3.5m, 2003

An impressive return of 37 goals in 98 games for Bolton saw Boro take a £3.5m punt on Rickets.

Despite leaving the Riverside as a League Cup winner, he scored just four goals in 38 games and was sold the following year.

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West Ham record signing Savio Nsereko spent most of his time on the bench after proving to be a fragile forward[/caption]

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