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Greg Lea picks out some of the biggest (and most costly) mistakes made by top-flight sides in the winter window. Watch out! 

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10. Robert Snodgrass (Hull to West Ham £10.2m, 2017)

Yes, West Ham have a bit of history in this department. Snodgrass was fought over in January 2017 after scoring seven times for lowly Hull in the first half of the season, but the Scot eventually chose east London over Burnley and Boro. 

This one was doomed from the beginning, however. Snodgrass was all too happy to stick the boot into former boss Slaven Bilic after the Croatian was sacked in November 2017, grumbling upon joining Aston Villa on loan: "I was coming on against Man City and he said ‘Where do you want to play, on the left or right?’ I thought, ‘You've just signed me and I've played on the right or behind the striker at Hull all season’. That was my debut and alarm bells were ringing right away. I found it very strange and I realised from the off that it wasn’t going to happen."

West Ham’s vice-chairman Karren Brady recently echoed the midfielder's thoughts. "Robert Snodgrass wasn’t exactly a triumph," she said, after 15 appearances and no goals. 

Robert Snodgrass

"What do you mean, 'Where do you want to play?'"

9. Juan Cuadrado (Fiorentina to Chelsea £23.3m, 2015)

Cuadrado looked like an astute addition in 2015, but the Colombia international was never able to replicate his exhilarating Serie A displays in the Premier League.

That he found game time hard to come by clearly didn’t aid his efforts to hit the ground running, but the former Fiorentina man still didn’t do enough in his occasional appearances to earn an extended stay at Stamford Bridge. After two years on loan at Juventus, he finally signed permanently for the Old Lady in summer 2017 for €20m.  

8. Jean Makoun (Lyon to Aston Villa £6.2m, 2011)

He was stunned to learn that a red card in his fourth appearance against Blackpool brought with it a three-game ban

“I've left a very good club in Lyon, a side which has played Champions League football, but I’m very excited by this new challenge at Aston Villa,” Makoun said after his move to England six years ago.

He probably regretted his decision after just a couple of weeks: the midfielder was stunned to learn that a red card in his fourth Premier League appearance against Blackpool brought with it a three-game suspension, and his Villa career came to a premature end after subsequent showings against Wolves, Everton, Newcastle and Hereford. Just the £564,000 per appearance, then (and that's not even including his wages). 

Jean Makoun

Makoun saw red in his fourth game for Villa