January Transfer Window 2022: When Can Clubs Sign Players? What Time Is Deadline Day? Are Premier League and EFL the Same?

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The summer may feel like it was just a few weeks ago, but the passing of Christmas means the January transfer window will soon be upon us.

Clubs all over the UK, and globally, will be looking to make improvements to their squad whether it be to continue a push for promotion or to fight off relegation.

Here is all you need to know as the January transfer window 2022 fast approaches…

January Transfer Window 2022: Everything You Need to Know

When Does The January Transfer Window Open?

For Premier League clubs, the January transfer window opens at midnight on Saturday, January 1, 2022.

The window also opens on January 1 for clubs playing in the EFL.

It is the same for clubs in Scotland, Germany and Italy; clubs in Spain and France, however, must wait until January 3, 2022 before making any deals.

When Is Deadline Day?

The January transfer window 2022 is set to slam shut for clubs in the Premier League and EFL on Monday, January 31, at 11 pm.

This is replicated for clubs in Scotland, Spain and France. Germany’s window closes on January 31 but at 5 pm, whilst Italy’s closes the same day but at 7 pm.

Is There Any More I Need to Know?

You would be forgiven for thinking that politics and football could avoid clashing; however, the UK’s exit from the European Union has a lasting effect on football transfers from the UK to Europe and vice versa.

Under a new set of rules, clubs will only be able to sign three Under-21 players each window with all foreign arrivals subjected to a point-based test to play in the UK.

Clubs will be able to sign only six foreign players per transfer window. Players from EU countries will need to gain a Governing Body Endorsement (GBE) – a work permit-like system.

The GBE system will require players to meet a points-based threshold based on several criteria.

These include a number of senior and youth international appearances, club appearances and the quality of the selling club and its league.

These requirements are what reportedly has led to Hulk’s transfer to Wolverhampton Wanderers falling through.

It is not essential to earn a GBE as a new Exceptions Panel will determine whether those who reach just below the threshold will be allowed to sign.

The purchasing of foreign players under 18 is banned due to post-Brexit rules.

Players who signed for clubs while under 18, but would not be able to do so under the new regulations, include Hector Bellerin, Paul Pogba, Cesc Fabregas and Nicolas Anelka.

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