Before Mike Ashley took over the boardroom at St James’ Park, Newcastle United knew how to spend money on players.

More often than not, average players would make the move to the Magpies with a hefty, questionable price tag, quite notably due to managers such as Kenny Dalglish and Ruud Gullit.

While the chairman is still there after around 12 years, Newcastle have seen what was once a historic club plunge under his reign. They now struggle in the Premier League, often threatened with relegation battles and fail to make a significant run in domestic competitions.

After many risky signings and unjustified price tags, it has led to an interesting list of players who have failed to make an impact at St James’ Park.

Here are five of the biggest flops to ever put on, or in some cases not at all, the famous black and white stripes in recent history.