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Transfer window 'to shut before start of Premier League seasons'

16 August 2017

Premier League clubs are pushing for the transfer window to be shut before the start of the season, according to reports.

As it stands, clubs in England are allowed to buy and sell players until the end of August, which on this occasion is nearly three weeks after the season has begun.

Everton boss Ronald Koeman publicly advocated for moving the transfer deadline over the weekend and there is believed to be broad support for the idea, although Watford are one club known to oppose it.

The proposals are likely to be debated by Premier League clubs at a meeting in London on September 7.

"There's frustration here and I'm sure Southampton are frustrated, too", Swansea manager Paul Clement said after his side had drawn 0-0 with Southampton on Saturday.

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The current window, like many other major European leagues, closes on August 31 which is a full three weeks into the start of the Premier League campaign, and nearly a full month into the campaign for sides in the EFL. The current transfer window runs until 31 August.

Here, we look at some of the top football transfer stories from the British and world media in The Sport Review's Grapevine, published twice a day during the summer transfer window. But I also understand that some things take a bit more time.

There are few examples of smart buys in the final days and hours of a transfer window, and that would not change if the deadline was moved to early August, but clubs and managers would at least go into a new campaign knowing their squad would not be disrupted by transfers until January if the window was to close early.

Other teams in Europe, including those in Spain and Italy, would still be able to sign players from the English teams, in line with their own league's deadlines.

It seems unlikely, but the question will be raised at some point during the final hours of the window because it is impossible to believe that all clubs will agree to suspend transfer business in order to avoid distracting worldwide teams.

Transfer window 'to shut before start of Premier League seasons'