Football League tighten loan rules

The Football League are set to tighten up their loan transfer laws.

The Football League are set to tighten up their loan transfer laws.

The London Evening Standard says Football League clubs are today set to impose tough new restrictions on overseas loan players following Watford's exploitation of the system last season.

The number of loan players at Watford stretched to 14 last season, and 10 of them came from just one club: Italian side Udinese.

The Pozzo family who own the Hornets also own the Serie A club, while other players have come from another club owned by the family, Granada in Spain.

The use of foreign loan players circumvented Football League rules which restrict match-day squads to five loan players, with a maximum of four from any one club.

The Football League's 72 clubs meet tomorrow in Vilamoura, Portugal, where they are expected to bring the overseas loan player rules into line with the domestic regulations.

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