It’s the transfer window, the last chance for English clubs to bring in any strengthening they need for their sides.
Some buy with a mind to push for the top, others to climb away from the bottom and others still just to create some kind of consolidation. For every situation a team could ever dream/fear to find itself in – don’t panic there’s a transfer out there to suit.
So, be it relegation threatened, or promotion hopeful – here are 10 of the weirdest transfers that involve sides currently in the Championship, League One and League Two competitions.
They are in no particular order – that way you can rank them how you like.
Allan Simonsen (Barcelona to Charlton)
Simonsen had just scored the goal that brought Barcelona the European Cup Winners’ Cup. Los Blaugranas then went and bought Diego Maradona, and due the then Spanish league rules about only two foreign players in a starting line-up, Simonsen would be battling for the two places with both Maradona and German superstar Bernd Schuster. A fit of piqué ensued, Simonsen incensed at the insult.
Cue his reported £300,000 move to London and Charlton, who were in the second tier, after rejecting moves to both Tottenham and Real Madrid so that he could play for a club with less stress, media attention and scrutiny. Despite scoring nine goals in 16 appearances, the club struggled funding his transfer and wages and he was put up for sale after three months.
Didier Six (FC Mulhouse to Aston Villa – loan)
Didier Six arrived at Villa Park in 1984, a member of France’s victorious ’84 European Championship side – in total he played 52 times for Les Bleus and scored 13 goals. Six’s Villa début came on October 6 1984, a 3-0 victory over Manchester United – the Frenchman on loan from then second division French side FC Mulhouse.
Six arrived with a sparkling reputation, but some commentators had said that his undoubted skills were already on the wane. Six was hardly a hit for Villa, playing in only 16 games during his loan ‘season’ at the club, a 16 game spell where he scored just two goals. His time at the club was brief, Six leaving for a season at Metz before bit part performances for sides such as first Valenciennes, Stade Vallarius and VfB Leipzig.
Coming up on the next page are the final three strange transfers for this first installment including climbing out of windows, excessive partying and a post-war record transfer fee based on a falling out.