Sunderland chairman Niall Quinn has labelled the January transfer window as 'stupid stuff'.
The Black Cats supremo is currently working to capture manager Steve Bruce's transfer targets - but the Wearside chairman has joined the coach in his dislike of the winter market.
Quinn, who made more than 200 appearances for the Black Cats during a six-year spell, thinks the only people who benefit from the January window are agents.
"Put it this way, if I was a football agent and I got all the other agents together and said, 'How can we get more money out of these clubs?', we would invent a transfer window system," he told Sunderland's official website.
"There is not one fan of it, other than agents who know that when panic ensues, players are bought for larger transfer fees and larger agency fees.
"I have nothing personally against agents - they have a job to do - but what a helping hand this transfer window business gives them. It's stupid stuff."
Speculation has mounted over a number of comings and goings at the Stadium of Light in recent weeks, much to the annoyance of the manager.
While the likes of Guy Demel, Younes Kaboul and Hugo Rodallega are all names rumoured to be on Bruce's wish-list, Kenwyne Jones and Nyron Nosworthy have reportedly caught the eye of a number of clubs.