Portsmouth have been told they can pursue any potential transfer targets before the 2019/20 play-offs come to an end.
With English football suspended since early March, the League One club have now found out the outcome of the current campaign, seeing them enter the play-offs via the points-per-game system. Set to face Oxford United in the play-off semi-final, Pompey boss Kenny Jackett will be fully focused on guiding his current squad to promotion to the Championship.
However, the 58-year-old has now been handed some good news from FIFA regarding the English transfer window.
FIFA confirmed that clubs in England can now make transfers before the current season comes to an end, despite the Premier League’s restriction on signing players until after July 25.
A statement from world football’s governing body read: “Associations following a dual-year calendar are permitted to commence the “first registration period” for the 2020-21 season prior to the completion of the 2019-20 season, subject to conditions.”
The announcement also confirmed that players would be allowed to play for up to three clubs, rather than the usual two, during the same season.
Jackett might not wish to make any new signings before the end of this season, with Portsmouth as yet unsure in which division they will be playing in 2020/21.
Pompey are in with a shout of promotion to the Championship and, if that is achieved, the manager may revise his transfer targets accordingly.
However, FIFA’s amendment to transfer rules could at least give him the opportunity to add to his squad before the play-offs if needed.
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