The January transfer window is ticking down and clubs will be eager to get their business done before the deadline.
Team in the Premier League will be hoping to use the coming days to their advantage and secure the additions needed to take their clubs forward and help them to achieve their objectives this term.
Meanwhile, some will be wanting to offload players to raise funds or free up space in the squad for new arrivals.
While no one plans to do so, the prospect of deals going through at the last minute is hugely exciting for supporters.
There’s nothing better than refreshing your laptop to see if your club has made a last-minute signing, but if they’re to pull of a dramatic late deal then it’s crucial that the correct rules are followed.
Here’s the process that clubs must follow if they’re to register players after the window shuts.
When does the transfer window shut?
The January transfer window will remain open until Monday, January 31.
Clubs will have until 11pm to register their players and get their deals complete, otherwise they will be forced to wait until the summer window.
However, there is a way that clubs can squeeze a signing through the system beyond that deadline.
What is a deal sheet?
If clubs are hoping to complete a signing after the 11pm deadline, they’ll need to complete and send off a signed deal sheet.
In short, a deal sheet is a form that allows a club to confirm that a deal has been reached in order to allow additional time to submit the remaining documentation.
If a club wants to submit a deal sheet, it must be submitted in full between 9pm and 11pm on the evening of transfer deadline day, otherwise the deal will fall through.
When is the latest that a new signing can be completed?
Providing that a deal sheet has been completed and submitted to the authorities, clubs will be afforded two extra hours to get the transfer signed off.
That means that for an 11pm deadline, clubs will have until 1am to submit the paperwork in full.
However if a club is wanting to complete an international transfer, they will need to comply with the FIFA Transfer Matching System deadline of midnight.