Birmingham City’s busiest summer for a number of years saw 13 new faces join the club.
Harry Redknapp, who has since been replaced by Steve Cotterill, was backed in the transfer market by owners Trillion Trophy Asia and overhauled the squad.
The merits of each arrival will continue to be debated and discussed in the months ahead, but what about those who have come before?
Who are the strangest signings to be made by Blues managers in recent years?
We looked back over the transfer windows in years gone by and came up with these five names.
After finishing the season in Argentina as the country’s top goalscorer Blues splashed £2.5m on the striker who joined from Rosario Central.
He was hailed as the ‘new Gabriel Batistuta’ ahead of the move, which saw him sign a five-year deal in the Midlands aged just 22.
“I am very excited at the prospect of playing in the English Premiership with Birmingham City,” he said after joining.
“I was very impressed with the ground and the whole set-up and I am looking forward to playing my first game at St. Andrews.”
But Figeuroa didn’t taste much Premiership action, only three minutes in fact, with his league involvement limited to a late cameo off the bench in a 2-0 win against Portsmouth in September 2003.
In truth his entire Birmingham City career – which lasted just five months – was bizarre from start to finish.
Just a couple of months after he arrived in the second city, controversy arose when Spanish side Osasuna claimed that Figeuroa had already signed a contract with them before he signed for Blues.
The issue went all the way to FIFA, who ruled in Birmingham’s favour – but it did emerge that Rangers had pulled out of a deal to sign the forward that summer.
Figueroa failed to break into the first-team despite a run of goals for the reserve side and in December, less than half a season into his five-year contract, he was released to join Mexican side Cruz Azul.
Since, he’s turned out for top-flight clubs across Europe as well as in South America, and scored an impressive nine goals for Argentina in just 15 games.
Signed when money available for transfers was at a premium, it was hoped that the forward would develop at Blues before paying back his fee with goals.
Brock-Madsen cost Birmingham £480,000 in August 2015 during a summer window in which Maikel Kieftenbeld was the only other arrival to command a fee.
Kieftenbeld has gone on to establish himself as a key player while Brock-Madsen, by contrast, has made only six league appearances for Blues and found himself playing out on loan in the Dutch Eredivisie last term.
“We wanted really a young hungry player that could develop over time and could maybe step in for a game or two and if did well it would be up to him. That’s where we see Brock,” said Gary Rowett a few months after signing the forward.
Just how long he is allowed to develop as a Birmingham player remains to be seen and quite why Rowett splashed out a sizeable fee on the Danish frontman during a period where the pursestrings were tight at St Andrew’s remains a mystery to many fans.
Another of Rowett’s signings that now appear a little odd.
Central midfielder Moussi signed a two-month deal with Blues in November 2014 and pledged to donate his wages to four separate charities.
Questions were raised over his fitness levels but after three weeks of training, he made his debut against Reading in Birmingham’s 6-1 win.
After one more league appearance against Nottingham Forest, he left the club when it was decided his contract would not be renewed.
Moussi had a spell with Finnish side HJK Helsinki in 2015.
Lee Clark made 47 signings as Blues manager, with Olly Lee’s arrival one of the strangest of the lot.
He had a trial in February 2013 which was converted to a loan from Barnet – a side who were two divisions below Blues – a month later.
Lee then signed a permanent one-year deal in the summer of 2013 on a free transfer.
The highlight of the midfielder’s stay at St Andrew’s was the late equaliser in the League Cup against Stoke City to take the tie to penalties at 4-4.
Lee father’s Rob was Clark’s teammate at Newcastle.
Now 26, Lee turns out for League Two side Luton Town.
Clark wasn’t exactly conservative in the transfer market and Howard was one of a number of players brought in on short-term deals.
In fairness to the ex-Blues boss, cashflow was tight and he had to make do with a very restricted budget.
But some of the arrivals were not only forgettable, but plainly strange signings too.
Howard signed for Birmingham in in January 2014 when he returned to England during the European winter break after a year with Bulgarian side CSKA Sofia.
He was one of seven recruited during the window, and in truth, isn’t the only one that could have made this list.
But Howard was 31 when he joined and quite clearly on the decline as a player.
The former Barnsley midfielder played five times for Blues, scoring once, in a short spell that was marred by injuries.
Unsurprisingly, his contract wasn’t renewed and he went on his way with a final Championship payday completed.
Howard last played for National League South outfit Whitehawk.
Source : BirminghamMail