West Ham United boss David Moyes could have to deal with more transfer chaos after an announcement from FIFA.
West Ham are reeling after rising star Jeremy Ngakia refused not only to sign a new deal but even see out the current season.
Ngakia had rewarded the faith Moyes had shown in him with some excellent displays before the enforced break.
But the young right-back will leave just two games into the restart on June 30th, much to the disappointment of Moyes (Evening Standard).
A number of other West Ham stars face uncertain futures.
As many as eight West Ham players up for sale
West Ham insiders Claret & Hugh claim as many as eight first team stars could be sold.
The likes of Manuel Lanzini, Felipe Anderson, Andriy Yarmolenko, Jack Wilshere, Fabian Balbuena, Albian Ajeti, Arthur Masuaku and Ryan Fredericks could depart if the right offers are made.
Meanwhile star man Declan Rice – who is said to be off limits this summer – is attracting serious interest from his boyhood club Chelsea (The Express).
And Issa Diop has been attracting interest too with Tottenham the latest to be linked (The Sun).
Moyes already has enough on his plate trying to save West Ham from relegation with nine games stuffed into six weeks.
Transfer chaos looming for Moyes after FIFA announcement?
But he could have his hands full with transfer distractions too after a new ruling from FIFA.
Football associations can open their transfer windows before the current season is finished under new temporary regulations issued by FIFA (Sky Sports).
The world governing body has also announced that players can be registered for and play for up to three clubs – rather than the usual two – during the same season.
FIFA’s regulations allow member associations to open windows immediately if they wish.
That does not mean clubs in England will suddenly be allowed to trade players. The FA and Premier League are looking to open the window between August and October.
But an open market for any major league in the world will almost certainly cause chaos. It will lead to deals being brokered and players getting distracted.
Particularly given a number of West Ham players will be destined for foreign climes.
If a player knows he has a move lined up, is he going to be giving his all and willing to risk potential injury in crucial games which will decide West Ham’s future?
Any major league opening for business could cause problems
West Ham have let it be known that they have suffered financially as a result of the global health crisis.
So clubs will be looking to try and get a bargain out of the cash-strapped Hammers.
It will all come as an unwanted distraction for Moyes and other Premier League managers.
The only hope is that the major leagues agree on a fixed date for the summer window.
There seems little hope of that, though. Italy have decided on September-October and France have already opened for domestic transfers.
Previous attempts to align the windows for the major leagues have failed miserably too. And that infamously left Premier League clubs at the mercy of Europe’s elite long after our transfer window has closed.