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Peter Crouch, Paul Gascoigne and the top 10 players who are so loved by managers that the gaffers keep buying them back again and again

Brian Clough is listed twice

1) Peter Crouch and Harry Redknapp

Harry Redknapp is obviously something of a fan of Peter Crouch, [url=http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/2009/07/28/15m-darren-bent-off-to-sunderland-as-peter-crouch-joins-tottenham-115875-21552888/]who he bought for the third time in July. The 6'7" England forward was snapped up by Harry initially at Southampton before the 2004-05 season.

That year Crouch won the first of his 34-and-counting caps for the Three Lions. So perhaps that is why Crouchy-gol keeps boomeranging back to Redknapp. Following a tricky stint at Liverpool where he failed to convince the Kopites that he truly belonged, last summer Crouch moved to the south coast where Harry was boss of Portsmouth.

And two months ago the boy from Macclesfield turned down a move to Sunderland (which, incidentally, would have earned Pompey £3m more) so he can once again link up with Redknapp and they can let the magic happen for a third time. How sweet!

2) John O'Hare and Brian Clough

Was Brian Clough a softy after all? Ol' big 'ed showed some trust and compassion in 1967 when he signed John O'Hare, then labelled a slow and large forward, from Sunderland for £20,000 - a huge fee back then. Clough, then manager of Derby County, showed great faith in the Scot and was rewarded with stacks of goals.

Clough soon began to wring the potential out of O'Hare, now 62, and in 1972 Derby won Division One. O'Hare was signed again by Clough when he moved to Leeds United for a 44-day stint in 1974. And then, the following year, O'Hare followed Clough to Nottingham Forest where the pair went on to win the league once more and also capture the European Cup. Cloughie the ol' softy.

3) John McGovern and Brian Clough

Scottish midfielder John McGovern was another one of Cloughie's favourites - what was it with those Scots? In 1968, a year into his reign as Derby manager, Clough signed the then-19-year-old McGovern, in spite of medics wondering whether he was tough enough to compete at the highest level.

It turned out to be the start of something very beautiful. After winning the First Division League with Derby, McGovern moved with Clough to Leeds and then - like O'Hare - on to Nottingham Forest. Clough appointed the midfielder skipper at Forest and McGovern went on to win two European Cups, two League Cups and the league again. Not bad for a man missing a muscle in his back.

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