West Ham & Southampton threatened with major transfer restrictions after deferments

West Ham & Southampton defer wages

Southampton were the first Premier League club to do it, followed by West Ham.

On April 9, the Saints confirmed that they wouldn’t furlough any non-playing staff at St Mary’s.

Instead, Southampton’s players and coaching staff agreed to defer part of their salaries for the months of April, May and June.

A few days later, West Ham also confirmed a similar course of action.

Looking forward, Watford are also expected to agree wage deferrals with their squad in the near future.


Wage deferrals vs wage cuts

In contrast to the Irons and the Saints, clubs like Chelsea have taken a different approach to the financial crisis during the Covid-19 crisis.

On Sunday, reports spread that Chelsea’s squad had agreed to 10% wage cuts.

Arsenal’s squad appears to be heading down the same path, as talks continue over a 12.5% wage cut to players’ salaries.


West Ham & Southampton threatened with major transfer restrictions

In the Times on Monday, reporter Paul Joyce has revealed that West Ham and Southampton could be severely restricted in the transfer market following their decisions on wage deferrals:

Clubs who are deferring wages in the coronavirus crisis could face spending restrictions until players are paid the money they are owed. 

Talks have already taken place at EFL board level after the Professional Footballers’ Association raised the matter. 

There is a groundswell of feeling that clubs who have chosen to delay paying players’ salaries during the health crisis should not be allowed to add to their wage bill until squad members have been reimbursed.

Will these transfer restrictions be implemented?

That remains to be seen, although the Times believe these transfer restrictions are likely to come into force:

Any rule change has to be voted through by the clubs but The Times understands that the proposal is not seen as a controversial one, but rather rooted in common sense.


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This article was edited by Benjamin Newman.

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