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EFL: Transfer window to close on Thursday, 9 August

EFL clubs have voted through proposals to shut the summer transfer window for permanent transfers on Thursday, 9 August at 17:00 BST.

That brings the 72 EFL clubs in line with the Premier League, who voted in favour of closing the window before their season starts last September.

The 2018-19 EFL season is scheduled to start on Saturday, 4 August.

Clubs outside the top flight will still be able to sign players on loan until 31 August.

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.

EFL chief executive Shaun Harvey said: "After discussing the options throughout the course of the last few months, I'm pleased that the matter has been determined by clubs ahead of the start of next season.

"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."

Goalline technology
Goalline technology, which has been in operation in the Championship for the first time this season, will also be used in the League One and Two play-off semi-finals and final in May.


  • Can see the top flight Managers now...

    "We dont get long enough to do the Business we need to do"
  • edited February 2018
    Utterly pointless rule-making just for the sake of it. Just like the other nonsense they announced today - the Aug 9th transfer deadline.

    Anyone would think they didn't have bigger issues, like absurd ownership running clubs in to the ground for one.

    I can't help but think about the deckchairs on the Titanic..
  • There will still be a few decent out of contract players like Reeves who will be able to sign.
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