They were linked to the S.League
The midfielder, who made 228 league appearances for Arsenal and earned 14 caps for England, was a target for Clementi Khalsa in 2000. The deal, though, broke down because of his "pressing property problems" in England. Tragically, "Rocky" died a year later in March, after losing his battle with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, a form of cancer.
In June 2011, the Newcastle United cult hero was reportedly a target of French outfit Etoile FC, when a picture of Robert holding the jersey with club chairman Johan Gouttefangeas was circulated online. But the move did not materialise, as Gouttefangeas stepped down under a cloud of controversy with reports of unpaid wages plaguing Etoile.
The Japan international midfielder, who played four Premier League games on loan at Tottenham in 2003, was signed as a "marquee" player by Warriors FC in 2013. Already 34 then, Toda failed to set the S.League alight and decided to retire when his contract expired at the end of the season.
Perhaps best known for his "ghost goal" for Spurs against Manchester United in 2005, when his shot from 55 metres crossed the line before being scooped out by Roy Carroll and was not awarded, Mendes was courted by Tampines Rovers before the start of the 2013 season. He was part of Jose Mourinho's Champions League-winning Porto side of 2004, and won 12 caps for Portugal. But, the move broke down because of wage demands. The Stags also eyed other marquee players like former Manchester City midfielder Geovanni, Eidur Gudjohnsen (Chelsea) and Egyptian striker Mido (Spurs). - SAZALI ABDUL AZIZ