Sunday Supplement: The panel say the transfer window should shut in July

Last Updated: 01/09/13 3:17pm

The Sunday Mirror's Matt Law told the Sunday Supplement that fans should be braced for a hectic final day of the transfer window.

The window shuts at 11pm on Monday evening and a host of top clubs are expected to be frantically working to bolster their squads ahead of the late deadline.

"I think when UEFA tournaments start properly, when the Premier League and other major tournaments in Europe start I don't think there should be any manoeuvring. It should all be finished."

Charlie Wyett

Arsenal and Manchester United are among the top clubs tipped to bring in new signings at the 11th hour as they look to add extra cover for their domestic and European campaigns.

And while Arsenal's last-minute dealings are common place, Law says potential activity at the likes of Manchester United and Everton could spark a host of transfers.

"We are used now to Arsenal leaving it so late and obviously Tottenham are famous for leaving it late, although they have obviously got all their signings in this time," he told Sunday Supplement.

"But Manchester United are involved this season - that is going to be strange - and Everton - if they lose Fellaini and Baines - I think we can expect them to do a lot of business late on.

"So I think it is the number of clubs at the top that makes this year a bit different to previous years. In previous years it has been the lower clubs and Arsenal who are going mad on the last day trying to get players in."

Law also believes the protracted transfer of Gareth Bale from Tottenham to Real Madrid and the failure of Wayne Rooney and Luis Suarez to secure moves away from Manchester United and Liverpool respectively, has produced a backlog in the market - one that could be rectified on the final day.

He said: "This season has also been unique in that there were so many big moves in the market which nearly happened, like Rooney and Suarez. Bale is now going through but that is taking ages. It has almost stalled the market and therefore you have not had the knock on effect.

"So now when the Bale move goes through I think we are all expecting there to be a knock on effect from that. The fact that the Rooney and Suarez deals did not go through and Benteke didn't leave Villa, it did not create that knock on effect."

Missed Deadline

The Sun on Sunday's Charlie Wyett believes one solution to the long-running sagas and the endless delays and speculation would be for the transfer window should shut a month earlier than its August 31 date.

"The only issue I have with the transfer window is that I don't think it should (shut) now. I think it should be July 31," he said. "I think the window should end before the major European competitions start - I know there are Europa League games before that.

"I think when UEFA tournaments start properly, when the Premier League and other major tournaments in Europe start I don't think there should be any manoeuvring. It should all be finished."

Overshadowed

The Telegraph's Paul Hayward agreed with his fellow Supplement pundit and believes the exhaustive transfer speculation is overshadowing the start of the new season.

"It has to end before the season starts," he said. "I know you can't coordinate all the leagues at once. But at the same time this is a sport that has managed to completely overshadow the start of the season with this endless, endless transfer speculation.

"That is all that we have been talking about for the last three weeks. We have hardly been talking about football at all. After tomorrow it will be a relief to talk about the teams that do exist, and the game and the players we watch and not who is going where and who isn't."