- Title: Premier League to switch to shorter transfer window
- Date: 7th September 2017
- Summary: LONDON COLNEY, NEAR LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (FILE - SEPTEMBER 28, 2015) (REUTERS) ARSENAL MIDFIELDER, ALEX OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN PASSING A BALL DURING A TRAINING SESSION LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (RECENT - AUGUST 3, 2017) (REUTERS) ARSENAL MANAGER, ARSENE WENGER (CENTRE) TALKING TO TWO MEMBERS OF HIS COACHING TEAM DURING AN OPEN TRAINING SESSION AT EMIRATES STADIUM OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN STANDING ON PITCH LONDON COLNEY, NEAR LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (FILE - FEBRUARY 24, 2015) (REUTERS) OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN (LEFT) WALKING ON TO THE TRAINING PITCH WITH DANNY WELBECK SHOWS: BASEL, SWITZERLAND (FILE - SEPTEMBER 30, 2014) (REUTERS) PHILIPPE COUTINHO AT TRAINING SESSION LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (FILE - JUNE 2, 2016) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF COUTINHO AT BRAZIL TRAINING SESSION COUTINHO POSING FOR PHOTOGRAPHS LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (FILE - DECEMBER 8, 2014) (REUTERS) COUTINHO LEICESTER, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (FILE - MARCH 13, 2017) (REUTERS) CHELSEA MIDFIELDER, DANNY DRINKWATER, TRAINING WITH FORMER CLUB LEICESTER CITY DRINKWATER AT NEWS CONFERENCE (SOUNDBITE) (English) LEICESTER CITY MIDFIELDER, DANNY DRINKWATER, SAYING: "I have said it before, but a massive thing for me is hearing the music before the kick-off. You get a little tingle down the spine and you want to kick-off as soon as you can." FORWARD, RIYAD MAHREZ, TRAINING LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (RECENT - AUGUST 3, 2017) (REUTERS) ARSENAL FORWARD, ALEXIS SANCHEZ, TRAINING WIDE OF TRAINING ALEXIS TRAINING SAINT-DENIS, FRANCE (FILE - NOVEMBER 10, 2016) (REUTERS) SOCCER PLAYER, THOMAS LEMAR, TRAINING WITH FRANCE NATIONAL TEAM SAINT-DENIS, FRANCE (FILE - MARCH 27, 2017) (REUTERS) LEMAR TRAINING WITH FRANCE NATIONAL TEAM
- Embargoed: 21st September 2017 16:06
- Keywords: soccer football Premier League EPL
- Location: VARIOUS
- City: VARIOUS
- Country: United Kingdom
- Topics: Soccer,Sport
- Reuters ID: LVA0016XLMFCV
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- Story Text: The Premier League transfer window will now close before the start of the season after clubs voted to bring forward the deadline for buying players from next season, the Premier League said in a statement.
Premier League clubs on Thursday (September 7) backed a rule amendment that will see the summer window end at 17:00 local time on the Thursday before the start of the season.
This season the window closed on Aug. 31 while the season had begun 20 days earlier.
The new date applies only to clubs in the Premier League and relates only to purchasing of players.
Premier League clubs will still be able to sell players to clubs in other leagues, such as those in Europe, whose window is still open.
Some European clubs have also expressed support for shortening the window in similar fashion but the Premier League is so far the only league to have made the move.
The Football League, which includes the second, third and fourth tiers of English football, has not yet changed their window but a similar change is on the agenda for their meeting of clubs on Sept 21.
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