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"Oh God... what have we done?!" The 11 worst January transfer deals

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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1. Jean-Alain Boumsong (Rangers to Newcastle £8m, 2005)

Newcastle paid Rangers £8m for Boumsong’s services just a few months after he’d been available on a free

This was a strange signing on many levels, with Newcastle paying Rangers £8m for Boumsong’s services just a few months after he’d been available on a free.

The 27-time France international actually got his career at St James’ Park off to a decent start, before basic defensive errors began to creep into his game and adversely affect Newcastle’s results. Juventus, having been relegated to Serie B just a few months previously, took Boumsong off the Magpies’ hands in August 2006 – though he never featured in Serie A once the Old Lady made it back.  

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