Transfer deals that shocked the world

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THE final day of the January transfer window often throws up a few shocks.

Clubs who have had an entire month to strengthen their squad often wait until the last 24 hours to make serious moves, and that sometimes leads to unexpected deals.

Here, we round up five of the biggest shocks that have happened on past January deadline days...

Andy Carroll moves to Liverpool

Andy Carroll’s £35m to switch on deadline day in 2011 has to go down as one of the most incredible transfers in history.

The move was barely mooted before deadline day, when Liverpool suddenly became flush with cash following the £50m sale of Fernando Torres.

Carroll was in impressive form for Newcastle, albeit carrying an injury, but jaws dropped across the country when Liverpool made him the most expensive British footballer of all-time.

Magpies fans were dismayed by his departure, but the money was put to good use in the summer that followed and they then went on to finish fifth.

As for Carroll, he proved to be an extremely expensive mistake for Liverpool, and was moved on to West Ham on loan in the summer of 2012, before making the move permanent for £15m a year later.

Louis Saha joins Spurs

One of the more bizarre deadline day moves of recent years was Louis Saha’s free transfer from Everton to Tottenham Hotspur in 2012.

Spurs, who at the time were looking good to qualify for the Champions League, were in need of some extra firepower, but eyebrows were raised at their signing of the 33-year-old.

Saha had scored just once in half a season for Everton, so did not appear an obvious talent to boost a side chasing a top four finish.

The Frenchman scored three times in nine league appearances for Harry Redknapp’s Spurs, who missed out on the Champions League despite finishing fourth due to Chelsea winning the competition.

Peter Odemwingie’s botched move

Last year’s deadline day turned into something of a comedy, all thanks to wantaway West Brom striker Peter Odemwingie.

The Nigerian is now infamous for giving a TV interview outside Loftus Road as he attempted to engineer a move to Queens Park Rangers.

With no deal agreed, he was refused entry to the ground, and the episode was embarrassing for all concerned.

Odemwingie, pictured, returned to West Brom and was fined, before joining Cardiff City in the summer. Earlier this month, he moved to Stoke City.

Robbie Keane’s Celtic loan

Another transfer which came out of the blue on deadline day was Robbie Keane’s loan move to Celtic in 2010.

The Irishman appeared set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur, before completing his switch north of the border in the dying minutes of the transfer window.

Keane was a huge success at Celtic, scoring 16 times in 19 games, before returning to Tottenham at the end of the season.

He is now a regular scorer in MLS for Los Angeles Galaxy.

Nemanja Matic’s Chelsea departure

Few eyebrows were raised when Chelsea allowed Nemanja Matic to join Benfica as part of the deal which took David Luiz to Stamford Bridge in 2011.

The Serbian had only made three senior appearances for the Blues, so it seemed like a reasonable move for Chelsea to part with £21m plus Matic for Luiz.

However, it now looks like a ridiculous decision.

Luiz has been in and out of the team under Jose Mourinho, while Matic has been brought back to the club for £21m. A costly mistake.