EFL clubs vote to close summer transfer window before season start

February 23 – English Football League clubs have voted in favour of falling into line with the Premier League and shutting the summer transfer window closer to the start of the season so that everyone knows their squads before the big kickoff, a move that has long been debated across the professional game.

The window for next season for permanent Football League transfers will therefore close on August 9, just a few days after the Football League campaign begins. The Premier League begins on August 11, two days after the end of the window.

Clubs outside the top flight will still be able to sign players on loan until August 31, the traditional date the window slams shut. They will also be able transfer players out to clubs in leagues where the window remains open, with European leagues still able to buy and sell until 31 August.

“This new approach will give clubs and managers the stability they crave earlier in the season whilst also providing the flexibility to add to their squads after the traditional deadline until the end of month if required,” said EFL chief executive Shaun Harvey.

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