Three Premier League clubs opposing transfer window plans

Date published: Thursday 17th August 2017 11:25

West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady says that 17 of the 20 Premier League clubs “were broadly in favour” of closing the transfer window early when it was first discussed.

Proposals have been made to close the transfer window before the start of the campaign in future seasons, avoiding the issues that arise with clubs able to sign players after a number of matches have been played.

There are three fixtures before the window is closed on August 31 this season, giving clubs a final chance to assess their squads in action and make necessary changes.

But Brady says that all but three clubs have stated their preference to close the window before a ball is kicked, and a vote will be held on the matter on September 7.

Said vote would need 70% backing to go through, and Brady suggests that is a reachable figure.

“We’d started debating this around March 2017 at the Premier League and 17 clubs were broadly in favour of the window being closed,” she told Sky Sports.

“I think the main issue is that it protects the integrity of the squad, you know where you are, you have to get on with it and the players know that.

“It’s mainly for the club, fans and manager to know: this is who we’ve got, this is the squad, these are the numbers, on we go.

“I think in reality you already know what positions you need, how you’re going to spend [early on] and there’s also the January window.

“I think to close the window early, for the integrity of the league, is the right decision.”

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