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Manchester City may have just landed Erling Haaland in one of the most high-profile transfers in football history, but there are plenty of deals which have seemingly been erased from all living memory.
Needless to say, every transfer is completed with the intention of inspiring success and improving a team, but the reality is often very different. Every once in a while, a club signs a star name only to see the move sensationally backfire.
Sometimes a player's spell is so underwhelming that all evidence that it ever occurred appears to have been wiped out without a trace. With that mind, Daily Star Sport remind you of 13 totally baffling transfers we are sure you'll have forgotten.
Sol Campbell to Newcastle
Best remembered for controversially crossing the North London divide by ditching Tottenham in favour of fierce rivals Arsenal, it's easy to forget Sol Campbell played for three other clubs. The ex-England centre-back enjoyed a three-year stint with Portsmouth before famously making one solitary appearance for League Two side Notts County, swiftly exiting after confessing he was "being a mug" for believing in the ambitions of the club's new billionaire owners.
However, if you're struggling to remember his time with County, you're even less likely to recollect of his stint with Newcastle. Following a short-lived second spell with Arsenal, Campbell joined the Magpies on a one-year deal back in 2010 and would go on to make a mere seven appearances during a forgotten spell at the end of his career.
Michael Owen to Stoke City
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Michael Owen represented some huge teams during his iconic career, including the likes of Liverpool, Real Madrid, Newcastle and Manchester United. And then there was Stoke, apparently.
The ex-England star completed a surprise move to the Potters back in 2012 for what proved to be his final season as a pro. Owen mustered a mere nine appearances for Stoke in his solitary season, netting once in a 3-1 defeat to Swansea – a goal which proved to be the final strike of his career, and, rather fittingly, his 150th in the Premier League. In-keeping with the unfortunate trend that marred most of his playing days, injuries hampered his time in the Potteries.
Dwight Yorke to Birmingham City
Alongside Andy Cole, Dwight Yorke formed one half of one of the Premier League's most prolific strike partnerships during his time at United. Perhaps that's why the former Aston Villa stars' spell with Birmingham City has been erased from all memory.
Sure enough, the Trinidad and Tobago international turned out for the Blues during the 2004-05 campaign before soon moving on to Sydney FC and Sunderland. During his solitary season at St Andrew's, Yorke managed two goals in 16 appearances in all competitions. Honestly, who knew?
Ian Rush to Newcastle
Ian Rush will forever by synonymous with Liverpool but it turns out he once played for Newcastle, too. In the twilight of his career, the Welsh hero spent the 1996-97 season with the Magpies, where he linked up with fellow Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish.
The famous forward netted two goals in 14 appearances on Tyneside during the first half of the campaign, before Alan Shearer returned from injury to oust him from the side. Rush was subsequently shipped out on loan to Sheffield United for the remainder of the season, before bringing the curtain down on his career following spells with Wrexham and Sydney Olympic.
Robbie Fowler to Blackburn Rovers
Another Liverpool legend who experienced a forgotten spell in football was Robbie Fowler, who rocked up at Blackburn in 2008 under a cloud. Having upset the apple cart at Cardiff following a will-he-won't-he transfer exchange, the ex-Reds striker linked up with former Liverpool pal Paul Ince by signing for Rovers on a pay-as-you-play deal.
As it turns out, Fowler didn't rake in much money as he scarcely featured during a three-month stint. The former Leeds and City forward failed to score in his six appearances and left in December, opting to see out the remainder of his playing days in Australia and India.
Samuel Eto'o to Real Madrid
Given Samuel Eto'o ensured his Barcelona icon status after helping the Blaugrana to eight major honours, including three La Liga titles and two Champions League crowns, during a famous five-year stint, it's easy to forget he was once on the books of their fierce rivals Real Madrid. But once upon a time, that was indeed the case.
The Cameroonian joined Real as a precocious 16-year-old from the Kadji Sports Academy in his homeland, but spent much of his Madrid career out on loan, with Leganes, Espanyol and Mallorca. Having made a mere three La Liga appearances during his three years in the Spanish capital, Eto'o moved to Mallorca permanently before Barcelona came calling. The rest, as they say, is history.
Robert Pires to Aston Villa
Robert Pires will forever be remembered in the Premier League as a key component in Arsenal’s history-making 'Invincibles' side, but he did in fact spent time elsewhere in England. Aston Villa, anybody?
After four years away in Spain with Villarreal following his Gunners exit in 2006, the Frenchman returned to English shores in 2010 to give the Premier League another crack with Villa. Needless to say, his second spell was far less successful than the first. A 37-year-old Pires scored just one goal in 12 appearances in a six-month spell which was lost to the sands of time.
Eidur Gudjohnsen to Stoke City
We're going to put the fact Eidur Gudjohnsen played for a whopping 16 clubs throughout his nomadic career as the reason his Stoke City spell is likely to have slipped most football fans' minds. However, back in 2010, the Icelandic international did indeed pop up in the Potteries.
The former forward, famed for spells with Chelsea and Barcelona in particular, joined Stoke following an equally as forgettable loan stint at Tottenham from French side Monaco. During his brief time at the Britannia, Gudjohnsen made just five substitute appearances before being loaned to Fulham for the second half of the season, and subsequently sold in the summer.
Juan Cuadrado to Chelsea
Hands up all those who forgot this one ever happened. Back in 2015, Chelsea thought they had completed quite the coup when the sealed a £23.3million deal for Colombian winger Juan Cuadrado – which remarkably saw Mohamed Salah go the other way on loan. However, to say the frighteningly fast forward flopped would be an understatement.
Cuadrado endured a non-existent season-and-a-bit at Stamford Bridge which saw him muster a mere 15 goalless appearances for the Blues. The Colombian was soon shipped out on loan to Juventus for two years, before making the move permanent.
David Seaman to Manchester City
Okay, admit it. You don't remember this one either.
After 13 stellar seasons in North London with Arsenal, Seaman headed to Manchester in the summer of 2003 to see out his career with City. The ex-England goalie racked up 26 appearances in his first six months at the Etihad before injury saw the legendary stopper call time on his career at the ripe old age of 40 come January of 2004.
Mathieu Flamini to Crystal Palace
Midfielder enforcer Mathieu Flamini made a name for himself during two stints at Arsenal, either side of a spell in Serie A with AC Milan. However, unbeknownst to most, he also spent time at another London-based club.
After exiting the Emirates for a second time in the summer of 2016, free-agent Flamini was snapped up by Crystal Palace in September of the same year before going on to make just 16 outings in his single season in South London. Thankfully for the Frenchman, his post-retirement foray into business has seen him enjoy far more success than his stint at Selhurst Park.
Franck Ribery to Galatasaray
Remarkably, the iconic Franck Ribery once turned out for Turkish giants Galatasaray. Mind blown.
Long before the flamboyant French winger was winning Bundesliga titles with German behemoths Bayern Munich and battling it out for the Ballon d'Or, Ribery was turning out in Turkey. Sandwiched between spells with Metz and Marseille in his native France, the attacker scored one goal in 17 appearances during a single-season with Gala, which appears to have been universally accepted by football fans as never having taken place.
Louis Saha to Lazio
Louis Saha carved out a credible career in the Premier League with the likes of Fulham, United, Everton, Tottenham and Sunderland, but did you know he also spent time in Serie A with Lazio? Didn't think so.
Back in February of 2013, the French forward penned a six-month contract with the Italian side, however, ironically, his time in the Eternal City would soon come to an end. Saha struggled for game-time and subsequently made just six appearances for Lazio before hanging up his boots come the summer.
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