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Premier League in talks over deadline extension

February 2, 2009
By Soccernet staff

The Premier League have confirmed they are in talks with the FA and FIFA over whether an extension to the transfer window deadline can be given to allow time for medicals and personal terms to be agreed.

England is currently hit by the big freeze following heavy snowfall over night which is set to continue throughout Monday.

There is a worry that clubs wll be unable to complete deals for players before the 5pm deadline as players struggle to get around the country for medicals and to enter into contract talks.

The Premier League have said they will need confirmation on any extension by mid-afternoon. They also insisted there will be checks that clubs are not taking advantage of the situation and are purely need time to complete deals already in place.

"We are exploring with the FA and FIFA whether an extension can be given in terms of medicals and personal terms,'' said a Premier League spokesman.

Premier League general secretary Mike Foster added on Sky Sports News: "It's already having an effect in terms of players getting from one end of the country to another. We're currently trying to gauge the level of activity.

"It would be nice to just extend the deadline but we cannot make the decision alone - we have to talk to the FA, who have to liaise with FIFA.''