How proposed transfer window changes could change Middlesbrough's recruitment plans this summer

EFL clubs have backed a revised plan to split summer transfer window deadlines for clubs in the Championship, and those in League One and League Two.

Thursday, 21st March 2019, 12:19 pm
Updated Thursday, 21st March 2019, 1:08 pm
Mo Besic signed for Middlesbrough on loan in August.

The proposed plan would mean second-tier sides have until August 8 to complete all their incoming deals, whether it be a loan or permanent transfer.

This season's summer transfer window allowed clubs to sign players on loan until the end of August, while permanent deals couldn't be completed after August 8.

Middlesbrough were impacted by the previous regime after a permanent deal to sign Mo Besic on August 8 collapsed.

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Boro instead signed the midfielder on loan before the end of the month.

League One and Two clubs have backed a different approach, however, agreeing to a deadline at the end of August for all signings - permanent and loan deals.

A formal vote on the matter will now be put to clubs at a meeting in April in order to ensure clubs have sufficient time to prepare.

EFL Chief Executive, Shaun Harvey, said: “By adopting this approach, EFL Clubs have been given the opportunity to determine the direction of travel, with our priority ensuring that everyone has a clear understanding of the arrangements as soon as possible so as to ensure plans can be put in place for next season.

“This week’s vote indicates strong support for a difference in approach across the Championship and Leagues One and Two and proposals will be finalised ahead of a formal vote at an Extraordinary General meeting in April."