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Transfer deadline day will never be the same

premier_league_logoPremier League clubs have voted to close next summer’s transfer window before the season starts.

Managers have complained that the ability for players to move when the season is under way causes disruption to their squads and preparations. From next season, the window will close at 5pm BST on the Thursday before the Premier League season begins. The decision supported by West Ham was not unanimous and does not impact upon the length of the window in the Football League.

But the move means Premier League clubs will not be able to sign or sell players when their season is under way, while other European leagues will continue to allow such movement until 31 August.

David Gold previously his personal 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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About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

9 comments on “Transfer deadline day will never be the same

  1. Not true. Only related to buying of players. Players can still be sold to any country where the window is open which means its a ridiculous decision and will weaken the premier league. So come August 9th next year we can’t buy anyone but Barcelona have three weeks to buy Lanzini and we won’t be able to replace him. Stupid.

  2. About time common sense prevailed, it is an idiotic decision by FIFA to have the summer window open when leagues are in play, good to the English are leading the way that hopefully all other leagues will follow.

    • They should have a two or three week break also when the January window is open and that should only be open between when the break starts and finishes.

      • How will it help stoping the season for three weeks in Jan?? We all ready have way too much fixture congestion come may as it is.

        • Winter break just play midweek and change the pointless international friendlies to the three week break and lose two clubs from the PL it’s too big anyway and if you want the season finished she’s two weeks later not complicated really.

  3. Foreign windows still open will still be able to buy from us i think.Long term all european windows will do the same wont they.
    The winter break is fine in principle but Jan is busy with new year fixtures,fa cup fixtures and a busy schedule.It works in other countries because they have smaller leagues with less matches in a season.

  4. It won’t be good unless can get other big leagues who start around same time Bundesliga LA Liga Serie A Ligue 1 etc.
    Other wise like mentioned above we will still be able to sell and same problems can happen from outside just won’t be able to get replacement even Slav was agasint it. If can get w FIFA and get across most of Europe then will work.
    But January prices will rise higher and be harder to get Intl players bc they will want to get repalcments before selling. Think it will make harder to get players especially long sagas only Gylfi moved Coutinho still could move w this change and VVD and Sanchez stayed.
    If can get it across 5 major leagues and maybe Everdivisie Portugal Juliper or so would work.

  5. And do we not open earlier? If so we lose 3 weeks of transfers which can be just 1 transfer in that amount t of time w agents fees negotiations clubs out bid etc.
    A month and week summer window hope they are working on opening in June

  6. You can do deals from the end of the season,they are just not official until the window opens and players are offically registered/transferred.
    To all intents and purpose they are your player but not officially paperwork wise.

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