Five of the shortest transfers in British football history

Sol Campbell Arsenal

After witnessing Bristol Rovers' new signing leave after just two weeks which other players have changed their minds on their new employers before they can even get in a team photo? Former Arsenal, Liverpool and Coventry City players feature in our list.

After being tipped off about a potentially talented Faroe Islander there’s no wonder Mark McGhee would have taken notice and eventually sign centre half Rogvi Baldvinsson from Norwegian side Algard this summer. That was 2 weeks ago but now the 22 year old has returned to Norway for personal reasons.

So which other names from British football have had relatively short stays at new club, here are 5 of the best.

Sol Campbell – Notts County

Many people thought Sven Goran Eriksson signing England legend Sol Campbell for then League Two Notts County was far too good to be true. On the 22nd September 2009 those people were proved right when just 2 months into his stellar deal, he left by mutual consent. After it emerged Notts County’s takeover was driven on murky money the reasons soon became clear, the club went into financial meltdown before being saved by Steve Cotterill and Ray Trew and gaining promotion to League One. Sol went on to have short stints at Arsenal and Newcastle before retiring in May of this year.

Richard Wright – Preston North End

The former England international’s career has been severely hampered by injuries and he was released by first club Ipswich Town after his third spell with the Suffolk side. He impressed on trial at Preston North End and agreed a one year deal for the club on the 1st July this year but just one week into the deal he left, citing homesickness, and has since been on trial for Colchester United.

Robert Jarni – Coventry to Real Madrid

Coventry City appeared to have pulled off a ‘Real’ coup for the coveted Croatian fullback in 1998 off the back of an impressive World Cup with his country. Signed by Gordon Strachan for £2.5million he was at Highfield Road for less than a week before signing for Spanish giants Real Madrid for £3.4million. The Sevilla based side cried foul as they had refused to sell Robert to Madrid as they were league rivals, and suggested Coventry were in some way in cahoots with Real Madrid. Coventry City and Real Madrid, I don’t think so.

Hameur Bouazza – Sivasspor to Blackpool

The Algerian international really made a name for himself with Watford, going on to secure a move to London club Fulham in 2007. After first team opportunities became scarce and several loan deals later Hameur moved to Turkish side Sivasspor on the 18th August 2009. After just one game the former Glory Hornet Boy decided Turkey wasn’t his cup of tea and demanded his contract be terminated. Rather than disrupt the dressing room the hierarchy agreed and after 5 days he left Turkey, signing for Blackpool just a week later.

Dietmaar Hamaan – Bolton Wanderers to Man City

Possibly the most incredible and shortest of all English transfers, former Liverpool stalwart Didi Hamaan completed his transfer to Bolton Wanderers on the 11th July 2006, before deciding he preferred it at Man City and completed a move to Eastland’s on the 12th July 2006. Didi was Bolton Wanderers player for less than 24 hours.

Unsworth, Allen, Dia? Who else can you think of who has not stuck around long at their new clubs?

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