Loan loophole set to be closed

Football League clubs are tomorrow set to impose tough new restrictions on overseas loan players following Watford's exploitation of the system last season.

The number of loan players at Watford stretched to 14 last season, and 10 of them came from just one club: Italian side Udinese.

The Pozzo family who own the Hornets also own the Serie A club, while other players have come from another club owned by the family, Granada in Spain.

The use of foreign loan players circumvented Football League rules which restrict match-day squads to five loan players, with a maximum of four from any one club.

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