The Premier League is rapidly closing in on the transfer deadline tonight, with Newcastle United remaining deeply involved in the drama of the January window. After snapping up Anthony Gordon at the weekend, the Magpies secured only their second signing of the month today as they lured Harrison Ashby away from West Ham.
Newcastle have continued to be linked with a number of players as we enter the final hours of the window, with the likes of Sander Berge, Conor Gallagher and James Maddison on their recent list of targets. Time is quickly running out for Eddie Howe’s side to add to their roster, however they don’t necessarily have to complete all their deals before the 11pm deadline.
Here is why...
When does the January transfer window close?
The January transfer window will close today, Tuesday 31 January 2023, and the Premier League and EFL deadline is 11pm GMT. The Scottish Premiership deadline time is 11.59pm GMT while the timings vary even more across the channel in Europe.
The Bundesliga has a deadline time of 5pm GMT, Serie A has until 7pm, La Liga will close at 11pm and Ligue 1 will close at 11.59pm this evening.
What is a deal sheet?
A deal sheet is what is used for a side to confirm an agreement has taken place in order to allow for additional time to submit the remaining documentation.
During the 2022 summer deadline - which also had a final time of 11pm - the deal sheet could not be used before 9pm and had to arrive fully completed before the 11pm deadline. Once the sheet has arrived, the club then have an additional two hours (until 1am) to complete all the final and necessary paperwork.
Can clubs sign players after the deadline?
The deal sheet is the only way clubs are able to sign players after the 11pm deadline in the Premier League and EFL. If an agreement has not been reached by this time or the deal sheet not fully completed and submitted, then the club and players must wait until the summer transfer window to strike any new deals. Players who are out of contract can be signed outside of the transfer window.
Who could Newcastle United still sign?
Jonjo Shelvey’s imminent move to Nottingham Forest has resulted in a number of midfielders being linked with a deadline day switch to St. James’ Park to replace him.
One player they were rumoured to be interested in is Sander Berge, however reports claim that the Magpies have been unable to negotiate a deal that wouldn’t end in a permanent transfer. Meanwhile, the Tyneside club were also reportedly interested in a late deal for Conor Gallagher, however a transfer is looking increasingly unlikely and any potential move could depend on arrivals at Stamford Bridge in the final hours of the window.