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English transfer deadline set to be moved back again

The experiment of moving the closure of the English transfer window to before the start of the season looks like it is set to be abandoned after just one year, with leading clubs labelling it a failure.

That is according to The Sun who report that the issue will be discussed at a meeting of the Premier League clubs later this month, with a clear majority set to vote for the deadline to be moved back to August 31st, in line with the rest of Europe.

The EFL is likely to follow suit as they are said to be equally unhappy with the early window closure.

The move to shut the window early was done to prevent disruption to players and clubs at the start of the season. However, it left English clubs at a disadvantage compared to their continental rivals. Forced to sign players early, they then found themselves with bloated squads that could only be trimmed by selling players to European clubs on the cheap, or by arranging loan deals on less than favourable terms.

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