7. Virgil Van Dijk
In March 2012, The Chronicle reported that Newcastle were in talks with Groningen to sign 20-year-old centre-back Virgil Van Dijk. Carr regularly scouted in Holland as well as France and Belgium and was said to be impressed by the Dutch U-21 International, but a deal failed to materialise.
5 years later, Van Dijk is one of the most sought after centre-backs in world football, with Chelsea, Liverpool, Barcelona and Manchester City all battling for his £50m signature from Southampton this summer.