Monday 02 September 2013
The final day of transfer windows in England are always greatly anticipated by fans of the Barclays Premier League, who are keen to see which players might swap clubs at the last minute.
The summer transfer window offers clubs close to three months to re-shape their squads. Despite this long period for potential reinforcement, Premier League research has shown that nearly half of all transfer activity is conducted by clubs in the short periods after a season starts - normally lasting 10 to 14 days.
The signings by Premier League clubs of players that included a fee after the start of the season, in those final days of the transfer window, accounted for more than 40% of the total transfer activity in the 2010/11 and 2011/12 campaigns.
Last summer more than half of the business was conducted during the 13 days between the season starting on 18 August and the transfer window closing.
On average over the last three seasons before this one, 46% of all transfer activity which has involved a fee, took place once the season had kicked off.
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