Top five transfer deadline day flops

It’s that time of the year again, and as transfer deadline day fever grips football fans all over England, Esquire looks back at some of the last minute deals that haven't quite worked out.

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1. Xisco (Deportivo to Newcastle United - 1 September 2008): The Spanish under-21 international was hotly tipped to achieve “great things” after bagging a handful of goals in La Liga. However, after his £5.7million switch to Newcastle, Xisco failed to dazzle the Toon Army, along with (in fairness) around another three dozen non-achievers, and notched just seven appearances all season.

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2. Andy van der Meyde (Inter Milan to Everton – 1 September 2005): The Holland international moved to Merseyside in a £2million deal, after failing to impress with the Italian champions. He didn't do much better at Goodison and after managing only 20 appearances in four-years for the Toffees, the former Ajax player of the season was waved off on a free transfer.

 

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3. Alfonso Alves (Heerenveen to Middlesbrough - 31 January 2008): The Brazilian's biggest claim to fame was a last minute header against England in 2006. The game ended in a boring 1-1 draw, and while Alves made an £8million move to The Riverside a year later, he could only find the net on seven occasions. Now linked with a deadline day move to Al-Sadd in Egypt. Going up in the world, then.

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4. Roman Pavlyuchenko (Spartak Moscow to Spurs - 1 September 2008): Although he lit-up Euro 2008 with a right-foot more powerful than the Red Army, the Russian international has never established himself in Tottenham's colours. Last season, the £14million man racked up just 28 Premier League appearances – which works out at £500,000-per-game - and now finds himself behind Peter Crouch in the pecking order.

 

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5. Dimitar Berbatov (Tottenham to Manchester United - 31 Augest 2008): And finally, our award for biggest flop on transfer deadline day goes to the 6ft 2inch Bulgarian who cost Alex Ferguson whopping £30 million when he signed from Spurs. And what have the Red Devils got for their money? A lacklustre 15 goals in 48 appearances. In other words: could do better. Much better. James Haigh