Djibril Cisse returned to the Premier League with struggling Queens Park Rangers in one of the more intriguing transfer stories of the day

The January transfer window is a dreadful instrument of greed and stupidity. Yet even worse than the window itself, is Sky Sports’ wet dream, also known as Transfer Deadline Day. It is football’s equivalent of a one night stand. You almost always choose wrongly, sacrifice far too much dignity in the process, can rarely justify your decision, and very soon afterwards regret what you’ve done.

Leaving the often incomprehensibly desperate signings made by clubs in pursuit of silverware or, more likely, as part of a desperate scramble to assemble a team capable of reaching the heady heights of 17th in the Premier League, it is the most hyped, monotonous day on the British footballing calendar.

Yesterday, bored observers crying into their corn flakes were treated to rumours about as juicy as a bread roll. To see the undignified state of a Sky Sports reporter standing outside godforsaken football grounds such as Ewood Park, Loftus Road, the DW Stadium and Craven Cottage trying to raise a collective erection over the prospect of Bradley Orr signing for Blackburn Rovers – perhaps the least exhilirating deadline day scoop since the beautiful game was founded by Sky in 1992 – was laughably pitiful.

In the midst of this stream of sarcasm, it must be noted that the transfer window system exists to provide some form of job security for players and clubs, and prevent the wanton spending of money and short-term excess that outfits such as Manchester City manage even in the current, limited time-frame. However, why must the media glamorise the final day to such a nauseating extent? And even more so, why do clubs persist in clapping along like seals to the cloying sound of the media circus?

Onto the signings themselves, it really was a case of out with the new, in with the old. Queens Park Rangers set about perfecting the almost-forgotten art of the 2007-era strike-force. The sight of Djibril Cisse and Bobby Zamora might strike fear, or at least mild concern, into the hearts of certain leakier top-flight defences. Despite this, the signing of the former does smell rather like desperation.

Just because a player is available, this doesn’t mean they must be purchased. After all, what world-beating footballer was ever picked off the “reduced to clear” shelf? The signing of Louis Saha is a case in point. Whilst few would doubt the Frenchman’s ability, his fitness is constantly fluctuating and it does rather seem as though Harry Redknapp walked past the metaphorical Lamborghini dealership before spotting a beat-up Mercedes further on down the road and offering a tenner to its bemused owner. This may be unfair, and time will certainly tell. After all, two of last year’s biggest signings, Fernando Torres and Andy Carroll, have utterly failed to justify even a fraction of their combined 80 million fee, so outlay is never a guarantee of anything.

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