Clubs in the EFL have voted in favour of an early closure of the summer transfer window.

The vote, which took place today, was to decide whether the summer transfer window should be closed earlier in the month of August, as opposed to at the end of the month.

The proposal will see the window close at 5pm on August 9, while the loan window will stay open unti August 31.

Of the 72 teams from the Sky Bet Championship, League One and League Two, 40 voted in favour of the change while 29 went against.There were no abstentions and the remaining three clubs instead sent their apologies.

EFL Chief Executive Shaun Harvey said: "After discussing the options throughout the course of the last few months, I'm pleased that the matter has been determined by Clubs ahead of the start of next season.

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"This new approach will give Clubs and managers the stability they crave earlier in the season whilst also providing the flexibility to add to their squads after the traditional deadline until the end of month if required."

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