DG’s strong view on earlier summer window closure


Gold3David Gold finds himself in “personal” approval with the Premier League’s proposal that the summer transfer window should close on the opening day of the new season.

The issue has been put on the agenda for the next meeting of Premier League chairmen on September 7 and sources close to the negotiations are confident that the vast majority of the 20 clubs will vote for the change.

And Gold believes that to preserve integrity of the League it needs to be passed without hesitation.

Although the Hammers have not stated their official position Gold was happy to give his view to Claret and Hugh exclusively declaring: “I’m a big supporter of the proposal.

“I can’t support a situation where somebody plays for us as the season starts but could well have joined another club by the end of August.

“The League is all about honesty and integrity and from our point of view I think that is entirely the right way to go. Some of the bigger clubs may not  like it because it means they can’t compete with the big foreign teams who may well have an advantage over them.

“But I believe it’s the right way to go. Obviously we will discuss it as a board before the meeting on September 7 but for me personally it makes perfect sense.”

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • Lazurus. rises like a salmon says:


  • West Ham Fan No 32 says:

    I hope this proposal does go through but they should add the proviso that no players are sold after the window closes that way at least there is some security because players can still be unsettled by other European teams for a month or more. I think all leagues should and probably will follow the model if we do it, managers and chairmen to some degree must hate it that they start the season and have to spend too much time bargaining.

    • schuauthing says:

      That’s the big if however. My understanding is that because of FIFA rules as long as the rest of Europe has a transfer window that ends a month after us, they can still buy from us but we can’t buy in. The uncertainty will still remain, so the Coutinho issue remains, a but no reinforcements can be brought in. so unless we can’t sell either the proposal is pointless.

      • Lazurus. rises like a salmon says:

        Good point thing ,

      • West Ham Fan No 32 says:

        Yes that is what I understood also but if the FA and the PL told the clubs you cannot sell UEFA can go screw themselves while they are at it they should shorten the January window to two weeks.

  • Stratford E20 says:

    Closing the window earlier will mean that clubs will be charged a lot more for players because everyone will be desperate to get their business done. What will poor old Levy do at Spurs? he always waits until the last minute so that he doesn’t have to pay wages during the summer – the tight basket weaver.

    I don’t think that two months is enough time to get transfers done.

    • Roman says:

      Stratford I worry about our Albert & Harold negotiation style.It seems not much better than Levy’

  • mooro66uk says:

    The proposal is that our window shuts. Therefore no players in and no players out so the situation mentioned by 32 can’t happen I would have thought.

  • schuauthing says:

    As i said earlier, according to sky sports “Clubs from other European leagues, including Spain and Italy, would still be allowed to sign players from England in line with their own domestic deadlines.”

    This proposal weakens the premier league unless sales are also stopped.

  • kevin says:

    I agree the window should close at the start of the domestic season . But , it should mean No sales and No purchases if it is to mean anything . There will always be late deals that go through because negotiations were ongoing . So it should , in reality mean that once the window has closed No New Negotiations can be conducted or initiated once the start of the U.K. domestic season has started . It would be a Premiership Rule and like any other European Football League rules . . It is our League . There are many rules that differ between Various World or European Leagues .

  • mooro66uk says:

    If our window is SHUT surely it means no buys or sales .

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