The January transfer window is always a bizarre time in football. Without the time enjoyed over the summer to scout and properly watch targets, and with the added pressure of continued competition, clubs are invariably pressed to take more gambles than usual with purchases.
This is why some of Europe's top clubs splash out on eye-catching transfers during the single month of activity. But this is only one side of the coin. It is undoubtable that the window also encourages some moves which leave observers scratching their heads.
Using Arsenal's bid for injury-stricken Sweden international Kim Kallstrom as the figurehead, the following are some of the window's most puzzling, vexing, confusing, mundane, but most of all, underwhelming transfers that occurred during the first month of 2014.