These are the best jokes proffered in the wake of news that Marseille had for some reason decided to sign Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher on deadline day.
The 1993 European champions also raised eyebrows with a foiled attempt to bring in Stoke forward and erstwhile deadline day star Peter Odemwingie, as well as successful loan deals for Newcastle flops Florian Thauvin and Rémy Cabella.
But none have been greeted with as much bemusement as Marseille’s signing of Steven Fletcher, as these jokes are testament to:
Steven Fletcher going to Marseille definitely beats the Guardiola announcement for the biggest move of the day award.
— Péter Kovács (@PeterKovacs_) February 1, 2016
Sunderland "reluctantly" allowing Steven Fletcher to talk to Marseille: pic.twitter.com/IrMmNwiMXN
— Scottish Comedy FC (@ScotComFC) February 1, 2016
— TheSPORTbible (@TSBible) February 1, 2016
— Iain Small (@Smally1969) February 1, 2016
Steven Fletcher to Marseille! Story of the day, no question.
— Jack Pitt-Brooke (@JackPittBrooke) February 1, 2016
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) February 1, 2016
BREAKING: Steven Fletcher set to sign for Marseille! At least there will now be one Scot in France come the summer.. #DeadlineDay
— Coral (@Coral) February 1, 2016
Steven Fletcher looks like the sort of boy who would have walked round his estate in a Marseille trackie. Might as well dig it back out.
— Craig Anderson (@craig_killie) February 1, 2016
Steven Fletcher to Marseille? Hahahahahahha then again, they signed Barton once. #DeadlineDay
— Lee5657 (@lee565744) February 1, 2016
Imagine what would have to occur in the boardroom to think the perfect strike partner for Michy Batshuayi would be Steven Fletcher
— HHH (@DaanCooper) February 1, 2016
Odemwinge, Steven fletcher, thauvin and Cabella Marseille are looking deadly
— KeiranTB (@KeiranBoweNUFC) February 1, 2016
12 years ago marseille had didier drogba. tomorrow they will have steven fletcher leading their line
— Alan Brown (@alanbrowwnn) February 1, 2016
Steven Fletcher to Marseille joining Thomas Gravesen and Julian Faubert to Real Madrid as the weirdest transfers ever
— Cameron Finn (@_cameronfinn) February 1, 2016