Transfer Deadline Day is upon us, and there are a flurry of moves expected to be completed before the window closes.
Fans across the country will be hoping their clubs’ long pursuits of European stars come to an end with a positive resolution, although that is not necessarily always the case.
Manchester United and Manchester City have both been active in the summer window but are likely to still have their eyes cast towards potential recruits, following a varied start to the season for both teams.
It is often the case that highly-contestable moves tend to go down to the wire, with a selling club reluctantly letting their star player go, or a desperate buying club paying over the odds to secure their man.
That may well be the case on this Deadline Day, and those decisions may come in the final hours. However, while the window shuts promptly at 11pm this evening, that isn’t the end of the transfer frenzy.
How can players be signed after the transfer deadline?
There is only one-way players can be signed immediately after the deadline and that is by having a deal sheet accepted by the Premier League.
A deal sheet affords purchasing clubs two additional hours to finalise their administrative work on a transfer, but only once they have proven that an agreement is in place to sign a player.
These types of transfers are rare and are often the work of a desperate chief executive in an attempt to appease fan anger at the final juncture of the window.
How else can players still be signed after the October 5 deadline?
English clubs can sign players in an 11-day domestic window following the main deadline on October 5.
The terms of this new window format are strict and specify that no Premier League-to-Premier League transfers can take place after the initial deadline.
Clubs in the top tier can poach players from the EFL and vice versa, but deals involving two of England’s top-flight sides must be concluded before Monday’s cut-off.