World Football: 5 Most Confusing Transfers so Far This Summer

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World Football: 5 Most Confusing Transfers so Far This Summer
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Graeme Souness most famous transfer was Ali Dia—all for the wrong reasons

With most European sides having commenced pre-season training, the summer’s transfer activity is reaching its typical feverish pace. 

There are fans who read articles with a little glint in their eye pleasantly dreaming what may lie ahead next season. Equally there are others totally baffled by their clubs' or players' actions.

Third party ownership has always caused considerable confusion. When Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano transferred to West Ham United from South America, their complex transfer situation resulted in an out-of-court settlement.

Historically one of the most confusing, yet comical, transfers was that of Ali Dia.

Having played lower league football in France and Germany, Dia followed his dreams and moved to England in 1996. After failing in trials with a handful of lower division English clubs, his friend telephoned Graeme Souness impersonating Milan star and reigning World Player of the Year George Weah.

Acting on the Liberian's recommendations, Souness promptly signed him on a one-month contract.

Dia made a substitute appearance for Southampton against Leeds United and was so bad that he himself was substituted. Needless to say, he departed Southampton soon after.

Dia is not alone in embarrassing transfers. In January 2013, Peter Odemwingie drove to QPR on transfer deadline day and practically chained himself to the Loftus Road gates.

His futile attempt at a transfer bemused his club West Bromich Albion; mystified his potential employers QPR; entertained fans up and down the country; and last but not least, puzzled himself. Unsurprisingly, he did not receive a hero's welcome on his return to the Hawthorns.

Whilst this summer's transfers to date contain no such calamities, some deals have left many scratching their heads.

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