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Signing for a big club can often be the downfall of a player.

Many players dream of playing for the top teams in the country, and winning titles for years and years.

With these dreams, it comes as no surprise that players take the first option of a big move when it comes their way.

And sometimes such a move works. Ashley Young was a success at Manchester United after signing from Aston Villa, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott have been great for Arsenal since leaving Southampton.

However, careers do not always pan out in this manner, and players can be ruined after years spent as a substitute. Many move on at the earliest opportunity, to varying degrees of success, but all are remembered for their unfortunate spells at the top clubs in the county.

To honour these unfortunate souls, we take a look at five players who have been ruined by big-money moves to fulfil their dreams.

1) Jermaine Beckford - Leeds United to Everton

A transfer that made no sense when it went through, and even less sense after it was clear that Beckford was too far out of his depth in the Premier League. 72 goals in 126 games for Leeds United hinted at a promising forward, but it was his winner against Manchester United at Old Trafford that appeared to be the catalyst for the transfer. Signed with such promise, the forward managed just eight goals in 34 games, left at the end of the season, and has since spent time with Leicester, Huddersfield, Bolton and Preston, where he is currently on loan.

2) Francis Jeffers - Everton to Arsenal

Once the next big thing in English football, Jeffers burst onto the scene with Everton, scoring 18 goals in 49 games, and earning a big money move to Arsenal. However, his career never prospered, and the striker ended up seeing out his following years at a variety of lower league English clubs. He is still playing, but without a club, and has had unsuccessful trials with Chester and Brunei DPMM of the S.League.

3) Scott Sinclair - Swansea to Manchester City

One of two City-bound failures, one may have expected Sinclair to have learnt from his spell at Chelsea that he would not be awarded game-time at a big club. After wowing audiences with Swansea City, the English winger signed for City, and is still contracted at the Etihad with just 19 games to his name in three years - 15 of which came in his first season. Currently on loan with Aston Villa, the 26-year-old looks to have enough time to get his career back on track after a promising season.

4) Jack Rodwell - Everton to Manchester City

Like Sinclair, Rodwell was tempted to City by big money and title hopes, but he ended up leaving the club last summer with only 26 appearances to his name. An England international, the 24-year-old looks to have destroyed any future Three Lions hopes due to his City stint, and the start of his Sunderland career has done little to rebuild his reputation. At a young age he still has a long way to develop, and could yet prove himself as Premier League quality.

5) John Bostock - Crystal Palace to Tottenham

The ultimate story of a player failing to cut it in the Premier League after being signed at a young age, Bostock arrived at White Hart Lane after just four games for Crystal Palace. A Victory Shield winner with England, Bostock spent year after year away from the club on loan, before leaving the club in 2013 without a league appearance to his name. He has since turned out for Royal Antwerp and OH Leuven in the Belgian lower leagues, and, although he is only 23-years-old, it looks as if any chances of a Premier League dream are over.

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