The madness of the summer transfer window is nearly upon us as managers across the country prepare to assemble a squad that they hope can succeed in their respective league.
From the Premier League to League Two, fans will be hoping to bag an inspired summer signing that can turn their fortunes around and help them compete next season - whether they are aiming for promotion, survival or even European qualification.
But when does the transfer window open, when does it close and how have the rules changes since last year? Here’s everything you need to know…
When does the transfer window open?
The summer window will open at midnight on Thursday, May 16.
When is the deadline for the summer transfer window?
For Championship and Premier League clubs, the window closes at 5pm on Thursday, August 8 – the Thursday prior to the start of the Premier League season.
For League One and League Two clubs the deadline is August 31.
How have EFL rule changes affected how clubs will do summer business?
The transfer window will operate differently again this season after last summer’s staggered closing which saw a permanent deadline day followed by a later loan cut off.
This year things will be different though, as EFL clubs voted to bring the Championship closing date forward.
That means that this summer, the Championship window for loan and permanent signings will close on the same day as the Premier League window shuts, while League One and League Two clubs will have until August 31 to conclude permanent and loan business.
Clubs from the top two leagues will need to get all of their business in order before that cut off for any incomings, although we could still see a trickle of outgoings to lower league clubs throughout August.