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Premier League clubs vote to close transfer window early

The vote was made at a meeting of top-flight clubs on Thursday. Credit: PA

Premier League clubs have agreed that their transfer window will close at 5pm on the day before the start of the season, starting in 2018.

This means clubs will not be allowed to register any new players after 5pm on the Thursday before the season-opener.

The vote at a meeting of top-flight clubs on Thursday, which was not unanimous, followed weeks of debate about the uncertainty caused to managers and players by three weeks of transfer activity and speculation at the start of a new campaign.

Not every club has been convinced of this argument, though, with several understood to be concerned about closing the window much earlier than other European leagues.

The decision means Premier League clubs will be unable to replace players they lose to foreign teams in the last few weeks of the window.

As a result, the 2018 decision is likely to be a trial which can be reviewed before the 2019/20 season.

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