An unusually slow start to the January transfer window has proved that the majority of clubs are taking caution in any deals they invest in during the opening month of 2012 and for good reason. January is often a time where players value is increased and generally a desperate club will splash needless cash on changing the fortunes of their side if the opening five months of the season.
The likes of Andy Carroll and Fernando Torres are the victims of criticism after big money January moves but it is not only the mid season window that draw clubs into pointless signings. Over the past few years you find yourself in the rare situation when you see a confirmed transfer that makes you simply think – Why?
Whether it be just to add strength to their squad or to genuinely prevent another team from signing them (Harry Redknapp) a decision to sign a player could make or break a manage. In light of that, here is a look of the top TEN most pointless signings in recent memory.