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Football League clubs 'In favour' of early transfer window closure

Jota moved to Birmingham for a record-fee once the Championship season had already begun. Credit: PA

English Football League clubs have indicated they are in favour of closing the summer transfer window early from 2018, the governing body has announced.

Premier League clubs have already voted to close the window early from the 2018-19 season but there is no guarantee other major European leagues will follow suit.

The consensus among managers is that signing players once the season is under way causes unnecessary disruption to their squads and preparations.

Premier League teams did not vote unanimously with Manchester United, Manchester City, Watford, Swansea and Crystal Palace voting against, while Burnley abstained.

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