10 of the worst Premier League deadline day deals ever
1. Fernando Torres – Liverpool to Chelsea, 2011 (£51.5m)
Torres was already suffering from injury and confidence issues during the latter stages of his once-impressive time at Anfield. But that would only get worse following his mega move to Chelsea.
His debut resulted in a 1-0 defeat to the Reds and he went on a 903-minute goal drought that lasted two months, ending it against West Ham – his only goal of that campaign. As if that wasn’t enough, he continued to struggle in subsequent seasons.
Personally his time in west London was unsuccesful, if not collectively: the Spaniard only scored 45 times in 172 appearances but still managed to pick up FA Cup, Champions League and Europa League titles with the Blues, including scoring that goal against Barcelona which sent Gary Neville back to puberty.
His fall from grace was compounded when Chelsea struggled to find suitors for him in 2014, Torres eventually moving to Milan and then back to his original club, Atletico Madrid.
2. Andy Carroll – Newcastle to Liverpool, 2011 (£35m)
Before Harry Kane, who looks set to carry the hopes of an entire nation for the next decade, there was Andy Carroll – only he's never hit the heights his potential suggested.
After impressing with boyhood club Newcastle, Liverpool purchased the towering striker on deadline day in January 2011 and gave him the No.9 shirt vacated by Torres. Injury inevitably delayed his debut, and thereafter a mixture of poor form and time in the treatment room blighted his spell at Anfield.
The striker only managed 11 goals in 58 appearances over two-and-a-half seasons, and two games into the 2012/13 season he was shipped out on loan to West Ham. That move that was turned permanent a season later for around half the fee Liverpool paid to Newcastle.
3. Afonso Alves – Heerenveen to Middlesbrough, 2008 (£10m)
With Middlesbrough struggling in their 2008 relegation battle, the club had a simple solution – turn to Brazil international Afonso Alves, who averaged more than a goal per game during his time in the Eredivisie.
On paper, it looked like a good move. On the pitch, however, it turned into a nightmare.
Alves struggled to adapt to the rigours of the English game, and while Boro staved off relegation, he scored just four times in 31 league appearances the following season as they failed to beat the drop. Alves was shipped out in September 2009 to Qatari side Al-Sadd, as Middlesbrough decide to cut their losses, and never returned to Europe after that.