… go into hiding
Bayern Munich defender Christian Lell came up with an ingenious plan to avoid a move to Stoke City. The 25-year-old went into hiding until the transfer window was safely shut and his proposed move to the Potteries scuppered.
Tony Pulis was keen to meet Bayern’s £3 million asking price, but the player himself was nowhere to be seen and could not be tracked down by his club.
Stoke had already missed out on Atletico Madrid pair Johnny Heitinga and Luis Perea.