Loic Remy’s move from QPR to Liverpool is off after the striker, who had been set to be awarded the number seven shirt, failed a medical.
Issues related to the player’s heart had previously raised their head when stalling his move from Nice to Marseille in 2010, despite never materialising as he joined his current owners.
Some would say that looking a gift horse in the mouth isn’t advisable when the gee gee in question scored or assisted 17 of Newcastle’s 43 goals last term and cost just £8.5m.
Having said that, the Anfield examiners can be forgiven their fastidiousness given Harry Kewell somehow slipped through their safety net back in the day.
Anyhow, Liverpool fans will be hoping that the club’s lack of faith in the Frenchman’s ticker doesn’t come back to haunt them like it has for other top flight health freaks in the past…
John Hartson Wimbledon to Rangers, 2001
The Welshman failed a host of medicals, the Glasgow giants among them, when leaving Selhurst Park, before Coventry threw him a freaking bone on a pay as you play deal.
A year later the supposedly-crocked Hartson joined Celtic, where he spent the next five seasons banging in 109 goals in 201 games and adding six trophies to his personal cabinet.
Tiago Motta free transfer to Portsmouth, 2008
Harry Redknapp was robbed of the chance to sign the midfielder who had been released after an injury-hampered spell at Atletico Madrid by the sick bay busybodies.
Two seasons later Motta was a Champions League winner with Inter and remains an integral part of Laurent Blanc’s classy Paris Saint-Germain side.
Charlie Austin Burnley to Hull City, 2013
Bricklayer turned netbuster Austin’s knee was deemed simply too much of a restoration job for the Tigers to take a punt last summer.
Having scored at the rate of precisely a goal every other game for the clarets he continued on his merry way once notorious medical blind eye turners QPR coughed up for his services, hitting 20 goals in 37 starts during their promotion campaign.
Demba Ba Hoffenheim to Stoke City, 2011
Then Potters gaffer Tony Pulis described the Senegalese as a ‘ticking timebomb’, so fragile was his fitness supposed to be, yet over 71 games with West Ham and Newcastle he struck 36 times, earning a move to Chelsea where he won the Europa League.