Top 10 worst deadline day deals, including Andy Carroll and Falcao

Aston Villa's Joleon Lescott goes off injured

Papy Djilobodji. Andy Carroll. Afonso Alves. Falcao. They all have something in common, and it's not a good thing.

West Ham United's Andy Carroll during trainingWest Ham United's Andy Carroll during training

The dreaded deadline day disaster can make or break a player's reputation. The Premier League has had its fair share of last-minute fiascos.

In honour of deadline day 2016, we're going to take a look at 10 of the worst deadline day deals in recent history. 

Tiago Llori

The 23-year-old Portuguese centre-back has been at Liverpool ever since he signed for a reported £7 million on deadline day 2013. 

In this three-year spell, he has made a grand total of 26 appearances, of which only three have been for Liverpool... and not one of them has been in the Premier League.

He has been loaned out to Granada, Bordeaux and Aston Villa, though his deal at Aston Villa was cancelled in the middle of last season without his having donned the claret and blue strip, in order that Llori could play for Liverpool in an FA Cup tie. 

Given that the club mascot came close to getting a run-out for Villa last year, lord knows what Llori was up to.

Clearly Jurgen Klopp didn't know either, as he admitted in the Birmingham Mail that he didn't even know Llori was a Liverpool player. 

Afonso Alves

The eight-times capped Brazil striker signed for Middlesbrough for £12 million on January deadline day in 2008. 

Alves' scoring record preceded itself, having scored barrels of goals in Sweden for Örgryte and Malmö before netting 45 goals in 39 goals for Dutch side Heerenveen.

Alves managed just 10 goals in 42 games for Boro - of which three came in an 8-1 demolition of Manchester City - before departing for Qatari side Al-Sadd in October 2009. 

He continued playing in Qatar for several years, but after trying to revitalise his career with former club Heerenveen, Alves announced his retirement from football in 2015. 

Papy Djilobodji

Jose Mourinho brought the 27-year-old Senegalese defender to Stamford Bridge on last year's deadline day for the sum of £2.7 million, having spent the last five years with Nantes for whom he had made 59 appearances.

Djilobodji's move has to be regarded as one of the most bizarre ever, regardless of what day of the year the transfer occurred. 

Sunderland's Papy Djilobodji in action with Middlesbrough's Antonio BarraganDjilobodji in action for Sunderland against Middlesbrough

Most transfers can either be viewed as a big-money move or a bargain, or as one for the future or one for the now. Nobody really knows what this one was.

He wasn't registered in Chelsea's 25-man Champions League squad, and managed approximately one minute of action for Chelsea during the 2015/16 season. 

It was obviously a rather good minute, and he was loaned out to Werder Bremen before being sold to Sunderland for £8 million earlier this month, for whom he has made two league appearances. 

Radamel Falcao

Falcao was the man who made way for Djilobodji on his solitary Chelsea appearance, but it was the deal that took him to Manchester United that gives Falcao his place on this list.

Falcao had made his name at Porto where he scored 41 goals in 51 league appearances. Two big-money moves followed, firstly to Atletico Madrid for £35 million before Monaco came calling for £52 million. 

Injury problems had begun to blight Falcao's career, but Louis Van Gaal surprised everyone by confirming the loan signing of the Colombian striker on deadline day 2014, with a view to make the move permanent.

Unfortunately, a return of four goals in 26 league appearances - many of which were off the bench - meant that United did not take up the option, and he was then loaned to Chelsea in a similar arrangement, but Falcao made only one league start at Stamford Bridge.

He has returned to AS Monaco, and despite a prolific pre-season campaign he has yet to feature in Ligue 1 this year.


The Spanish striker signed for Newcastle from Deportivo on deadline day 2008 for a fee in the region of £6 million, after impressing for the La Liga side whilst also representing Spain U21.

It did not work out. In five years at St James' Park, he made three Premier League starts. 

He was loaned variously to Racing Santander, back to Deportivo and to Cordoba, before making a permanent move to Cordoba in the second tier of Spanish football in January 2013. 

He signed for Thai side Muang thong United in July, plying his trade alongside the likes of Florent Sinama Pongolle. 

Joleon Lescott

Birmingham-born defender Lescott signed for Aston Villa on deadline day last year after lengthy spells at Wolves, Everton and Manchester City, plus a season with West Brom. 

Lescott's performances with Villa weren't particularly awful, and the 26-times capped England man found himself on the team sheet most weeks, but it was his remarks after Villa's relegation was confirmed that earn him his place on the list.

Aston Villa's Joleon Lescott goes off injuredLescott goes off injured for Villa

The Daily Mail reported that Lescott stated that the confirmed demotion to the Championship was a "weight off their shoulders". Unsurprisingly, the quote didn't go down well.

Two days ago, Lescott left Villa to join Greek side AEK Athens.


The Brazilian wing-back signed for Manchester City in 2012 on the back of a successful six-year spell with Inter Milan. With 76 caps for Brazil to boot, City should have had a bargain on their hands for the small sum of £3 million.

Alas, it was not to be.

Maicon donned the blue of City on only nine occasions in the Premier League, and new manager Manuel Pellegrini allowed the then-31-year-old to leave for Roma on a free transfer.

Christopher Samba

Congolese defender Samba was signed by Harry Redknapp for £12.5 million on January deadline day in 2013 to lead QPR's fight to stave off relegation from the Premier League.

He had been given a reported salary of £100,000 a week, and was leaving Russian club Anzhi where had been the victim of persistent racist abuse. 

However, 10 appearances, six months and one relegation later, Samba was sold back to Anzhi for £12 million.

Christoper Samba 1Christoper Samba in action for Dynamo Moscow

Samba's time at Loftus Road can best be summarised by the apology he had to offer after one particularly poor performance.

There are reports circulating that Samba will be confirmed as a Panathinaikos player this week, after he was released from Dynamo Moscow.

Andy Van Der Meyde

The Dutch winger made a name for himself with Ajax and Inter Milan before Everton announced his signing on deadline day 2005 for £2 million.

Van Der Meyde had earned 17 caps for the Netherlands in the years preceding, but was in no danger of adding to that tally with his spell at Everton.

In four years at Goodison Park, he made 12 Premier League starts. His time there is remembered more for off-the-field problems, including several disciplinary issues such as not turning up for training, whilst his time on the field is recalled for incidents such as the straight red card he received in his first Merseyside derby.

Van Der Meyde made a brief appearance in the squad of Dutch club PSV Eindhoven in 2009 but then began playing amateur football in his home country, whilst he has also been spotted refereeing the 2014 Lingerie World Cup.

Andy Carroll

The six-foot-four striker announced himself to English football through his performances with boyhood club Newcastle United, for whom he scored 31 league goals in 80 appearances.

On January deadline day 2011, Liverpool came calling with a bid for £35 million, which would become the highest fee ever paid for an English footballer.

Due to an injury suffered at Newcastle, Carroll didn't make his debut for Liverpool until March. In two-and-a-half seasons at Anfield, he scored only six goals in 44 league matches, whilst he was loaned out to West Ham for the 2012/13 season. 

The move became permanent in 2013, with Carroll signing for the Hammers for £15 million. 

He remains at West Ham and has scored 16 goals in 57 league appearances for the club.

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