A transfer window just wouldn’t be the same without some laborious saga that seemingly runs for months and months, causing nothing but endless frustration for supporters and the managers who desperately want to use the money to strengthen other areas of their playing staff.

The Luka Modric saga has finally taken over the Wesley Sneijder to Manchester United as the biggest one of recent times and I’m certain that Andre Villas-Boas is ruing how long it took his chairman to finally cash in on the Croatian, especially as the North Londoners were apparently only minutes away from securing a deal for Moutinho on deadline day.

Let’s be honest this failed deadline day move certainly isn’t the first and won’t be the last to fall through at the last knockings as clubs continue to fail to get their business done early, or a side’s brinkmanship ensures that their months of negotiation have simply been wasted.

This list is a celebration of such dramas and those transfer deals that never passed the post.

Click on Downing to unveil the top 10

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