The transfer rules Preston, Cardiff City and Swansea City must remember this month

Championship clubs are continuing to monitor targets – as they look to make moves in the January window.

Tuesday, 12th January 2021, 4:45 pm
These are the transfer rules Championship clubs must remember during the winter window.

Here, we take a look at all the key details and rules Preston North End and their rivals must remember ahead of what looks set to be an intriguing month:

When did the 2021 January transfer window open?

The winter transfer window opened on Saturday, January 2.

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This is slightly later than usual, but deals could have been agreed prior to this point – although they could not be ratified by the EFL until the window opened.

When does the 2021 January transfer window close?

The window will close on Monday, February 1 – given that January 31 falls on a Sunday.

What deals can be done during the January transfer window?

Preston North End will be able to complete both permanent and loan deals during the January transfer window, and can also sign free agents should they so wish.

They will be able to buy and sell players to any country whose window is open during January – which is practically all of Europe.

Can any players be signed after the January transfer window closes?

Yes – Preston North End will be able to sign free agents after January if they need to bolster their squad. The cut-off for free agent signings typically comes in March.

Outgoings could happen after the close of the winter window too, providing the purchasing club are in a country whose window remains open.

Can pre-contract approaches be made in January?

Yes – players from overseas who are entering the final six months of their contract will be able to be approached ahead of their deals expiring, offering the opportunity for early summer deals to be teed-up.

This could present an opportunity for Preston North End should they wish to look further afield for new faces come the summer.

Such approaches cannot be made to players currently plying their trade in England.

It also means that clubs from overseas can start to hold discussions with any of Preston North End’s players who are entering the final six months of their own deals.