Latics placed under transfer embargo

Date published: 08 July 2021

Latics are among eight English Football League clubs who have been placed under transfer embargoes, a month before the start of the new season.

The embargoes limit a club's ability to make signings, with sanctions preventing transfer fees being paid.

Latics' embargo relates to a loan agreement.

Championship clubs Derby, Reading and newly-promoted Hull, along with Fleetwood Town and Gillingham from League One, have also been sanctioned, as have Latics' League Two rivals Swindon Town and Scunthorpe United.

Latics are now unable to pay any transfer fees this summer and are only permitted to sign players released by other clubs - and therefore a free transfer - while also falling within the financial restrictions that the EFL impose.

Latics can make loan signings, but only for half a season, and cannot pay fees to acquire loan players or pay additional wages on top of the salary the player receives at their parent club.

Latics manager Keith Curle has signed five players so far this summer - all on free transfers.

Meanwhile, the Chronicle understands that Latics' Head of Academy Paul Murray - a former playing hero at Boundary Park - has left Latics this week.

However, nothing has been confirmed by the club at present.

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