Time was when football fans around the land would be glued to the television for a customary deadline day car window interview.
A reporter would approach a darkened Range Rover to discuss transfer topics with its driver.
Harry Redknapp – who kept squads bigger than the Labour Party membership – would complain his team were “a bit light” in a few areas. This would usually lead to a panicked £7million bid for Peter Odemwingie at 10.57pm and we loved it.
But as memories of Redknapp fade like his 2011 signing of Louis Saha, his memory lives on in the form of the east London’s new wheeler-dealing daddy Slaven Bilic.
While he didn’t get any half-price cracked tiles, the Croat brought in an astonishing four players on deadline day alone – starting with fellow Croat Nikica Jelavic.
After presumably cramming the striker into the back of a Reliant Robin, before counting out £3million in bank notes, he made his move for Chelsea winger Victor Moses on a season-long loan, before doing the same with Barca schemer Alex Song.
Where it all comes from is a mystery.