Premier League Clubs Set To Vote On Change To Transfer Window
Premier League clubs would still be allowed to sign players from outside of the league after the season has started with clubs set for a vote on the new rules.
Last season clubs in England's top tier decided to end their own summer transfer window before the season started to lesson disruption to teams once the league had kicked off.
However with European clubs still able to buy players it led to situations where club couldn't replace players who left but that could all be about to change again.
According to the Times, clubs will vote in a meeting on February 6th on regulations for this summer's window. The report says the favourite to win is a model that would stop transfers between Premier League clubs before the season started but allow clubs to bring in players from outside the league until the end of August.
The paper's sources say that the 'hybrid' model is the favourite to win the vote and that at least one of the 'big six' are in favour of the new system.
Alternatively clubs could vote to keep the current window, which ends before the season, or revert back to the original open season for all until the end of August.
If the hybrid model was voted in then clubs wouldn't be allowed to buy or loan from other Premier League clubs but they'd be fine to make deals with clubs from abroad and even in the Football League.
Club officials were told of the different options at 'regional meetings' and were also updated on the impact Brexit could have on transfers.
The summer is the last time clubs in Britain will be able to sign 16 and 17-year-olds from their European neighbours but an agreement on how work permits will work post Brexit is yet to be decided between the FA and the Premier League.
The January transfer window remains open right now and it could be a tasty last week with Manchester United, Chelsea and Spurs amongst the clubs still looking to conclude deals to help the end of their season.
Which deals will get done before the end of the month?