Premier League clubs are discussing the possibility of scrapping the January transfer window FOR GOOD.
The Daily Mail says the ill-feeling stirred up during the current window, with managers publicly condemning rival clubs for unsettling their players, has strengthened the belief that allowing transfers all year round would be a better option.
Delegates at the next Premier meeting, scheduled for Thursday, will be invited to discuss the possibility and wisdom of scrapping the January window as well as the ramifications of pursuing such a radical policy.
Any eventual move to allow transfers to take place throughout the year, not just January and the summer months, would put England out of kilter with the rest of Europe and incur the wrath of UEFA president Michel Platini.
The former France star is no Anglophile, having argued for Champions League qualification changes to try to dilute the recent domination of the Premier League's Big Four, and there would almost certainly be the threat of sanctions.
The risk of a reduction in the number of English entrants at the Champions League trough might be a powerful deterrent, but the Premier League are still prepared at least to open up a debate after a fraught window closes on Monday evening.