Transfers which collapsed, including at Liverpool, Manchester United, Tottenham, Rangers and Leeds

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Transfers which collapsed, including at Liverpool, Manchester United, Tottenham, Rangers and Leeds

Things can change very quickly in the world of football, especially during the transfer window.

Earlier this week it seemed nailed on Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke would join Crystal Palace on loan but the deal then collapse with the Eagles citing fitness issues.

Dominic Solanke looks like he will not join Crystal Palace on loan

Dominic Solanke looks like he will not join Crystal Palace on loan

Solanke and Liverpool shouldn’t have too many worries, though, as a deal for the striker to move to Bournemouth has now been sorted.

The England Under-21 ace’s failed move to London isn’t the first to fall through and it won’t be the last.

So, has dipped into the archives and pulled out 10 stunning transfer deals which collapsed like Solanke’s.

1. Michael Laudrup (Brondby to Liverpool)

He wanted to join them, he was a Liverpool fan, but ultimately the deal didn’t materialise because Laudrup didn’t like it when the club attempted to alter the agreement.

Personal terms were settled, but the Reds came back and said they wanted the contract changed so the player’s deal ran for four years instead of three.

Laudrup eventually ended up at Juventus

Laudrup eventually ended up at Juventus

Laudrup said no, Liverpool didn’t relent and the 19-year-old joined Juventus before spells at both Barcelona and Real Madrid in addition to starring for Denmark at the 1986 World Cup.

Liverpool didn’t exactly regret the decision because they won the treble in the 1983/84 season, clinching a fourth European Cup in seven years, but a front line of Laudrup, Kenny Dalglish and Ian Rush would have been frightening, right?

2. Muller (Sao Paulo to Everton)

The 1994 World Cup winner almost pitched up at Goodison Park after the tournament but walked out on a deal 30 minutes before being unveiled.

A £2.5million deal had looked done but at the last minute he demanded his £10,000 per week wages be upped to £16,500 per week.

Muller stars for Brazil.

Muller stars for Brazil.

Everton chairman Peter Johnson said at a press conference with manager Mike Walker: “Following a satisfactory medical examination, differences unfortunately arose because of the interpretation of the UK tax regulations.

“The salary contained in the contract both sides had agreed was before tax, but he wanted that amount after tax.”

3. Nabil Fekir (Lyon to Liverpool)

This one happened just last summer and was certainly a little curious.

The France ace, who went on to win the World Cup, completed a medical at Liverpool, conducted in-house interviews, and had an unveiling shoot but in the end remained with Lyon, who announced they were walking away from the £52million deal.

Fekir is still starring for Lyon.

Fekir is still starring for Lyon.

Still, this may have allowed the club to spend the £67million needed for Alisson and it’s fair to say that has worked out excellently.

Having watched the Toon talent tear apart his Red Devils in 1987, Sir Alex Ferguson became mightily keen on signing him.

“He was the best player of his era, a breath of fresh air because he played with a smile,” Fergie once said.

And it looked like a transfer was on the cards as Gazza told his potential new boss at the end of the 1987/88 campaign, ‘Go and enjoy yourself, Mr Ferguson – I’ll be signing for Manchester United.’

Gascoigne was sensational for Newcastle.

Gascoigne was sensational for Newcastle.

But it wasn’t to be as Spurs snuck in.

“I went on my holidays but then the chairman rang and said he’d signed for Tottenham. They bought a house for his mother and father in the North East and that swung it,” admitted Ferguson.

5. Tim Cahill (Millwall to Crystal Palace)

Having excelled in south London and played in the 2004 FA Cup final it was time for Cahill to fly the nest and he almost remained in the capital with Palace.

Cahill celebrates with team-mates during Millwall’s famous FA Cup run.

Cahill celebrates with team-mates during Millwall’s famous FA Cup run.

The club saw a £2million deal accepted and terms agreed but chairman – and now talkSPORT pundit – Simon Jordan killed the move due to what he perceived to be a greedy agent.

The player’s agency, SFX, denied Jordan’s claims he had turned down a £125,000 fee on top and insisted the player had just not wanted to sign.

6. David de Gea (Manchester United to Real Madrid)

It may not have been a fax machine, as claimed at the time, but the Spanish star’s transfer to Real was agreed.

A £29million fee plus Keylor Navas had been thrashed out however the correct paperwork on FIFA’s Transfer Matching System may have been filed too late.

One of the many fans delighted De Gea had to stay at Man United.

One of the many fans delighted De Gea had to stay at Man United.

Real Madrid claimed the Red Devils entered the details of the De Gea deal at 11pm, simultaneously sending Real Madrid the contracts. This saw Real receive the complete documentation at 11:02pm and when they attempted to access the TMS it was closed.

Manchester United, though, denied this was the case.

7. Robert Lewandowski (Lech Poznan to Blackburn Rovers)

One of the all-time classics in this genre.

Back in 2010, Lewandowski had offers from Rovers and German side Borussia Dortmund who, at that point, weren’t quite the force they are now.

The Pole wanted to scope out his possible new stomping ground in Lancashire and was set to pay a visit to the Allardyce led side – until the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajokull started churning out huge ash clouds which disrupted flights across Europe.

“I could not fly to Blackburn because of the volcano but I wanted to go there just to see what the club is like because I didn’t know back then where I was going,” he told ESPN FC.

Lewandowski ended up signing for Jurgen Klopp’s ‘on the up’ Borussia Dortmund.

Lewandowski ended up signing for Jurgen Klopp’s ‘on the up’ Borussia Dortmund.

“Because if I travelled there, I would then know which is the best club for me. I couldn’t go but I have to say at that time Blackburn was my second-choice anyway. But maybe if I went there and saw the club, the stadium and everything, it would have become my first-choice.

“Dortmund was my first choice back then but I was thinking about other clubs and different options. I’d never been to Blackburn so that’s why I wanted to go there, but I couldn’t.”

8. Charlie Adam (Blackpool to Tottenham)

Spurs fans aren’t too bothered by this failure since Adam decided to pick up a habit of crocking their players.

In January 2011, Harry Redknapp attempted to land the Blackpool midfielder starring in their Premier League campaign.

In the January transfer window a deal seemed set to happen but it was reported Blackpool couldn’t get the necessary signatures to push through a move before the deadline passed.

Adam apolpgises to a stricken Gareth Bale.

Adam apolpgises to a stricken Gareth Bale.

Later Adam would be booed by the Spurs faithful for a red card challenge on Scott Parker, two tackles from behind on Gareth Bale, one injuring the Welshman, and a lunge on Paulinho which also saw him sent off.

9. Lee Bowyer (Leeds United to Liverpool)

The one-cap England midfielder almost moved to Anfield in 2002 but the Reds pulled the plug on the deal when assistant manager Phil Thompson believed he lacked the correct interest in the £9million deal.

Having been on and off the transfer list at Elland Road for various reasons, including turning down a new deal, a move looked set.

The club had even sorted out his kit – with a number – as they prepared for a tour to Switzerland but his talks stalled.

Bowyer tussles with Liverpool ace Vladimir Smicer.

Bowyer tussles with Liverpool ace Vladimir Smicer.

In the end the club pulled the plug due to a lack of enthusiasm on the player’s part.

“I couldn’t believe Lee Bowyer had not jumped at the chance to play for Liverpool FC,” Thompson wrote in his autobiography. “Better players than him would have walked all the way to Anfield.

“We had made a big commitment on our side, but it had been all one way.”

10. John Hartson (Wimbledon to Tottenham/Rangers)

The Welsh striker had a fine top level career with Arsenal, West Ham, Wimbledon, Coventry City and north of the border with Celtic but in 2000, before he found himself in Scotland he saw three transfers collapse.

The first was a £7.5million switch to Spurs, which fell through at the medical stage in March that year.

Hartson gesticulates during his time with Wimbledon.

Hartson gesticulates during his time with Wimbledon.

In September, a £5.5million move to Rangers was halted when Hartson was unable to pass the extra-stringent tests they chose to put on the forward following the incident with Spurs.

So upset was the player he withdrew from a Wales World Cup qualifier with Belarus.

Now though, after his success at Celtic, Hartson believes it was the best medical he ever failed.

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David Brightwell is a sports writer and has been writing for over 20 years, writing for BBC sports / Sky Sports and NBC in America David has an amazing eye for detail and loves Football.

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