Newcastle’s Alan Pardew is the latest Premier League manager to call for the transfer window to be slammed shut as soon as the new season starts, BBC Newcastle reports.
Clubs are still frantically looking to add to their squads before tomorrow’s deadline, fuelling the argument that this has an unsettling effect as the new season gets underway.
Some of the most high-profile sagas have included Luka Modric’s eventual move to Real Madrid, while the likes of Clint Dempsey is still hoping for a summer transfer to Liverpool after stating he will not play for Fulham again.
Pardew admits to this effect on his side and stressed the need for all business to be concluded before a league match is played.
He said: “It’s really not fair. The transfer window should be shut before we kick a ball and that way everyone knows where they are.
“The reality is it shuts on Friday night and we have to sweat right up to 12 o’clock. That’s the type of club we are now.”
Newcastle were involved in one of the most high-profile last-minute transfers of all time after they sold Andy Carroll to Liverpool for £35 million in January 2011.
Fellow Premier League Managers have backed Pardew’s sentiments, with Wigan’s Roberto Martinez admitting the toll that Chelsea’s interest has had on Victor Moses.
Moses has since completed a move to Stamford Bridge, but his former manager believes it had a negative psychological effect on the player’s performance.
Unsurprisingly, the likes of Chelsea, Man City and Man United have dominated the speculation, something that Pardew has been keen to emphasise.
“The top three or four teams have a massive advantage; they can even play with you and say they are coming for one of your players but then not actually [do so]. I’m sure that goes on.”