The top 10 Premier League January transfer flops

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Fulham, West Ham United, Southampton, Newcastle United, Norwich City, QPR, Reading, Swansea City and Sunderland players all feature.

January is a chance to bring in new blood and push on but for these players it just has not worked out.

Here is a run-down of the top ten worst buys from the winter...

Maraoune Chamakh - Arsenal to West Ham United

When Arsenal finally found a taker for the Moroccan misfit many were in disbelief; including 11-year-old Jack, son of West Ham co-owner David, Sullivan.

However the form of Andy Carroll has consigned him to the bench and his Premier League career looks like limping to a stop.

Urby Emanuelson - AC Milan to Fulham

On paper this should have worked but despite the AC Milan loanee enjoying his time in London most Fulham fans have probably not.

Martin Jol agreed last month after he stated the Dutchman would not be a permanent addition; deflecting from his obvious flaws by suggesting they wouldn’t be able to get him even if they wanted to keep him.

I disagree; I bet AC Milan are dying to be shot of him.

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa - Montpellier to Newcastle United

OK; so who is the imposter posing as the French international at the heart of Newcastle’s defence. It is like the start of SpaceJam when the ‘Monstars’ take the talent from the likes of NBA stars Charles Berkeley, Patrick Ewing and Mugsy Bogues.

He may look like Mapou, talk like Mapou and walk like Mapou but he does not play like Mapou.

Luciano Becchio - Leeds United to Norwich City

Becchio was kind of Chris Hughton’s back-up plan if they failed to get Danny Graham or Gary Hooper.

Zero goals since arriving, he is likely to be back in the Championship next season; with or without The Canaries.

Yun Suk-Young - Chunnam Dragons to QPR

A question Tony Fernandes might just be asking … ‘Right somebody own up? Who forgot to pick up our new left-back from the airport?’

Since arriving at Loftus Road Yun has yet to be seen in action and the cancelling of a planned South Korean tour does not bode well for the 23-year-old; however the language barrier may be the issue.

Daniel Carrico - Sporting Lisbon to Reading

The Sporting Lisbon captain was supposed to ride into Berkshire on his steed and rescue The Royals from relegation.

Instead he got crocked and has only played three games; watching the club tumble out of the top-flight from an armchair.

Vegard Forren - Molde FK to Southampton

The Norwegian unfortunately signed for the club on the same day as Mauricio Pochettino; so he may not have been the Argentine's first choice.

Since then many an excuse has been thrown into the boggle box as an explanation for his absence. Lack of match-fitness, language barrier, adaptation to English football and niggling injuries have all been used but after almost five months excuses have worn thin for the £4.5 million defender.

Roland Lamah - Osasuna to Swansea City

The pacy winger was brought in on loan but has not proven to be another one of Michael Laudrup’s excellent La Liga recruits.

He has struggled with fitness and is unlikely to be at the Liberty Stadium next season.

Danny Graham - Swansea City to Sunderland

£5 million and 11 games later The Mackems have not had a great return on the striker; who still hasn’t scored.

Clearly sabotage from a player who once said he ‘would stay as far away from Sunderland’ as he could.

Wellington Paulista - Cruzeiro to West Ham United

Why bother signing a player on loan who then gets in a good run of form in behind doors games and not give him a shout.

I don’t know. So ask Sam Allardyce.

Who has been your biggest January flop?

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