Football transfers are arguably one of the most exciting parts of the game but there are some which never quite materialise.
Often it’s because two clubs can’t agree the right fee, or the players can’t agree terms with a club.
However, there are some more bizarre reasons for some transfers not happening.
Below you can see some of the strangest reasons why some moves never went through.
Robbie Savage to Sunderland
Yes, this deal looked very much on the cards when then Sunderland manager Roy Keane obtained permission from former Manchester United team-mate Mark Hughes to take Robbie Savage to Wearside from Blackburn.
However, all that changed after one phone call, or, well a dodgy voicemail message!
Keane recalled in his 2014 autobiography The Second Half how he called Savage’s mobile number and it went straight to voicemail which had Robbie’s voice saying: “Hi, it’s Robbie – whazzup!”
Savage ended up moving to Derby County in January 2008 after Keane concluded that he couldn’t “be f****** signing that.”
Robert Lewandowski to Blackburn
It was mother nature that prevented a youthful Lech Poznan forward Robert Lewandowski from moving to Blackburn in 2010.
He was invited to watch Rovers’ Premier League match at home to Everton in 2010 but his flight was cancelled due to the ash cloud that swept across Europe following the eruption of Icelend’s Eyjafjallajokull volcano.
Borussia Dortmund nipped in that summer and signed him up.
The Pole has established himself as one of world football’s finest strikers in recent years.
Zinedine Zidane to Blackburn
After winning their first and to date only Premier League title, Blackburn were looking to bolster their side ahead of the 1995/96 season.
Kenny Dalglish, who managed them to the league success put forward the idea to owner Jack Walker about signing a talented Bordeaux midfielder called Zinedine Zidane.
We’ll never know how true this next part is but multiple accounts have claimed Walker then uttered the words: “Why do you want to sign Zidane when we have Tim Sherwood?”
What a pity…
Andre Villas-Boas to Burnley
This is a deal that doesn’t involve players but how different things could have been if Andre Villas-Boas’ first manager’s job in English football was at Burnley.
The Portuguese applied for the job after Owen Coyle left to join Bolton in January 2010 and according to former Clarets chief executive Paul Fletcher his application was impressive, but maybe a little too impressive.
Fletcher recalled in his book Magical: A life in Football that AVB’s application was very thorough and detailed and was thus difficult for the Burnley board to understand.
They opted to hire Brian Laws instead but he was unable to prevent them from being relegated to the Championship.
Michael Essien to Burnley
Another regret for Burnley saw them pass up the chance to sign Michael Essien in 1999.
The Ghanaian had an impressive Under-17 World Cup but he did not move to Burnley over the club’s refusal refusing to change their policy of paying more than £60 a week for an apprentice.
He then signed for Ligue 1 club Bastia in July 2000 before eventually moving to Chelsea in 2005 where he won nine trophies including two Premier Leagues, four FA Cups and a Champions League.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Arsenal
It’s never a dull moment with Zlatan Ibrahimovic but even he must have surprised himself when he turned down the chance to have a trial with Arsenal in 2000.
Ibrahimovic travelled to north London where he met with Arsene Wenger about the possibility of a move from Malmo.
However, when Wenger suggested the he take part in a trial to prove himself, Ibrahimovic went completely off the idea and replied that he doesn’t do trials.
The Swede then moved to Ajax and had a glittering career which later saw him join Arsenal’s rivals Manchester United in 2016.
George Boyd to Nottingham Forest
We know about transfers failing to go through because of a failed medical but rarely on the grounds of an “inconclusive eye test”.
But this happened to George Boyd, whose move from Peterborough United to Nottingham Forest in February 2013 fell through for that exact reason.
In reaction to this, Posh chairman Darragh MacAnthony was more surprised than anyone, saying: “He’s played 300 games and scored from the halfway line the other month, but Forest say he has an eyesight problem.”
Frank Worthington to Liverpool
Huddersfield’s star striker Frank Worthington was on the verge of completing a big-money move to Liverpool in 1972 but failed a medical after being found to have high blood pressure.
He was told he should take a holiday to Majorca by Liverpool to relax for a week before doing the medical again.
However, things didn’t quite turn out that way as Worthington, known for partying hard whenever he got the chance, came back with even higher blood pressure and a deal never happened.
Worthington then went on to move to Leicester later that summer.