Football: Top 10 weird transfers

Football: Top 10 weird transfers
Javier Mascherana, No.6, on Richard Lenton's 'Top 10 weird transfers'.

Transfer Deadline Day threw up the usual mayhem; from big-money arrivals and shock signings to deals being scuppered at the 11th hour. Many weird and wonderful bits of business were done as frantic managers, owners and agents burned the midnight oil, but none of those last-gasp transfers were as strange as these.

1. IAN WRIGHT

Greenwich Borough to Crystal Palace (1985)

THE future Arsenal legend looked set for a career as a plasterer until Palace scout Peter Prentice identified Wright's killer instinct during a Sunday league clash in south London.

He signed pro forms for Palace just before his 22nd birthday in 1985, with his Sunday side being given a set of weight training equipment in return.

2. MARIUS CIOARA

UT Arad to Regal Hornia (2006)

THE Romanian fourth division outfit thought they'd landed a bargain when they bought Cioara from second division Arad for the princely sum of 15kg of sausages in 2006.

However, the bangers banter got too much for the defender, and he fled to Spain to work on a farm. Hornia's club president was distraught, saying: "Not only have we lost our sausages, we have also lost a footballer".

3. TYRONE MEARS

Derby County to Marseille (loan, 2008)

IN AUGUST 2008, just 12 months after joining Derby from West Ham, Mears discovered that French giants Marseille were interested in taking him across the English Channel.

When County refused to sanction a move, Mears climbed through a window and crawled past manager Paul Jewell's office at the Rams' training ground to collect his boots before sneaking away to meet Marseille officials. Seven appearances later, an unimpressed Marseille sent him back to Derby to face the music.

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