Bosses uneasy with transfer window

30 August 2013 09:01

Premier League managers continue to voice their uneasiness with the summer transfer window - but the spending is showing no signs of abating.

The top-flight clubs look set to take summer spending to record levels ahead of Monday's transfer deadline, with upwards of £460million spent on players since the end of last season.

A number of managers have called for the transfer window to close before the first matches of the season in future to allow clubs to concentrate fully on their fixtures.

Everton's Roberto Martinez, irritated by Manchester United's pursuit of Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines, and Newcastle's Alan Pardew, furious at Arsenal's offer for Yohan Cabaye hours before a game, have been among the most vociferous.

Despite the move for Cabaye, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has also called for an early closure, as has Swansea's Michael Laudrup, in the past fortnight.

Yet while the window does remain open, clubs appear to have no issue with continuing to pursue targets.

West Brom head coach Steve Clarke said: "I think it should close before the season starts, but I'm glad it hasn't because I still need players."

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers also feels it would be better if the deadline passed before the start of the season.

He said: "I just think there's something morally not right when players are sat in a changing room and the season has already kicked off, you are under way in your job and - I'm sure in every changing room around the country, no matter what level - there will be players asked, and agents working to get them to other clubs.

"I think that makes it ultra-difficult."

Source: PA