The EFL have confirmed that the Championship transfer deadline will move to the end of August, rather than being closed before the start of the season.
It follows on from the Premier League’s decision to make a similar change earlier this month. It means all four professional leagues will now, once again, have the same deadline.
The intention behind shutting the window earlier was to prevent disruption and stop transfers interfering with the start of the league campaign.
However, with every other European league having kept their deadline at the original date, it meant both Premier League and Championship clubs were unable to replace their players if they moved abroad.
With a bank holiday on August 31st this year, it means all clubs will get an extra day to get transfer business done this summer, with the window closing at 5 pm on Tuesday 1st September instead.
Whether Middlesbrough will be doing much business, it remains to be seen. There are likely to be a number of sales with the club’s parachute payments ending.