Kakuta-gate aftermath

Moyes calls for changes to youth transfer rules

September 12, 2009

Everton manager David Moyes has called for an overhaul of the rules regarding the transfer of young players.

The Toffees face Fulham in the Premier League with something of a new-look side with £22m of new signings available for selection. But it was another transfer, that of 16-year-old Luke Garbutt from Leeds, which caused controversy this week, with the League One club unhappy about the amount of compensation they were awarded by a tribunal.

While Everton acted entirely within the rules, Chelsea were banned from registering any new players for the next two transfer windows after FIFA found them guilty of inducing a French teenager to breach his contract with Lens two years ago.

That led to a slew of allegations against Premier League clubs regarding signings of young players. And Moyes believes the whole area needs new regulation.

He said: "Should clubs be able to take players away from their clubs at such a low age? It has to be looked into. There should be set prices for younger players. When I managed Preston I got annoyed when we lost players and just got a bit of compensation.

"Now I am at a big club, we go to clubs to try to sign their players, so I have a foot in both camps. But if we are going to have smaller clubs that prosper, we have to have rules that let them keep their players for longer.

"Clubs like Everton and Liverpool used to buy players from the likes of Burnley and Chester. But that does not happen so much now, and is that because the big clubs are signing the younger players earlier?

"Maybe we should do something about the money that goes out of the game to agents. We should legislate to not allow them to control a player until he is 18."

Moyes is concerned that any change should not leave players open to exploitation from third parties.

He said: "I think (Arsenal boss) Arsene Wenger is right when he says that if the rules over bringing in young players from abroad are changed, then kids will start being bought up by agents. And that would start to throw up all the problems over third-party ownership again. But there are loopholes that need to be shut, things have to be done correctly."