12 terrible free transfers that didn't live up to their billing

Michael Owen
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A reminder to clubs everywhere that just because something's free, it doesn't always make it good value. Especially when you consider the cost of wages and the fact that often, clubs don't even make a profit on a player who only signs on a short-term contract, anyway.

Sometimes, it's better to actually part with money for a player - as this list definitely proves... 

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Greg Lea

Greg Lea is a freelance football journalist who's filled in wherever FourFourTwo needs him since 2014. He became a Crystal Palace fan after watching a 1-0 loss to Port Vale in 1998, and once got on the scoresheet in a primary school game against Wilfried Zaha's Whitehorse Manor (an own goal in an 8-0 defeat).