Shaun Harvey: 'New window would bring stability'

Harvey: 'New window would bring stability'
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EFL chief executive Shaun Harvey says that changing the summer transfer deadline day would provide "stability" to its clubs.

EFL chief executive Shaun Harvey has said that changing the closure date of the summer transfer window would bring much-needed "stability" to the 72 clubs of the EFL.

Starting next season, the summer deadline day will take place on the last Thursday before the season starts for the 20 clubs in the Premier League, a decision that has led to other leagues around Europe considering their own positions.

At a meeting of the EFL's clubs yesterday, a proposal to match the Premier League's deadline day was discussed, with the majority indicating that they would be in favour of such a switch.

"The Premier League took the bold move to want to shut the transfer window before their season started," Harvey told Sky Sports News. "Our clubs, and managers in particular at those clubs, have long said that the biggest problem and challenge that they face is when they lose players after the start of the season, but before the transfer window ends.

"It gives them no stability inside the squad and a lot of the clubs' recruitment plans are based around knowing you have got two or three players.

"If those players are taken towards the end of the window, then it brings into question that recruitment.

"Generally there is support for shutting the window before the season starts or certainly earlier than it is at this moment in time."

The move, which would still give EFL sides the ability to loan players until August 31, will be made official in a vote next February.

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