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French extend their transfer window

The French football league have decided to move their transfer deadline back to midnight on September 1 to fall into line with other major leagues in Europe.

England and Spain had already postponed their deadlines by 24 hours. Holland and Scotland followed suit this week, and now the French Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) have done the same.

Italy have put their limit for transfers back to 1800 BST on September 1.

There had been some confusion over how transfers would work between countries where the transfer deadline passed at different times.

Germany have so far announced no change to their midnight on August 31 deadline, while the deadline in Italy will pass earlier than in the majority of countries in mainland Europe.

As far as the countries whose deadlines pass later are concerned, the clubs under their authority will be able to sign players until the deadline passes in their country, regardless of the deadline in the league where the player is signing from.

A Italian Lega Calcio spokesperson explained: 'A foreign club can buy a player from an Italian club after the deadline has passed in Italy, but not sell them one.'

The Spanish FA also clarified their position, adding: 'The deadline in Spain is midnight on September 1. As far as we're concerned Spanish clubs can sign players up until that time.''

The deadline for players to be registered for the Champions League and UEFA Cup competitions remains the same however.

UEFA confirmed to PA Sport their deadline has been set at midnight Central European Time (2300BST) on September 1 regardless of what time the transfer window closes in individual countries.

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