Ngakia seals Watford move
Jeremy Ngakia has completed his move to Watford on a four-year deal following his departure from West Ham. The 19-year-old, who broke into David Moyes’s team last season, has agreed a deal until 2024 with the option of a further year at Vicarage Road.
Albion look to offload trio
West Bromwich Albion will listen to offers for former England and Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs, £15 million signing Oliver Burke and Kenneth Zohore as they prepare for the Premier League.
Reiten extends Chelsea stay
Guro Reiten has become the latest Chelsea Women player to sign a new deal with the club. The 26-year-old Norway midfielder, who joined the club last summer, has agreed a contract extension running to 2023.
The continuation of the five substitutions rule and the fixture calendar for next season will be the main points of discussion at the Premier League’s annual general meeting today.
All 20 clubs will be represented at the rearranged meeting, which was scheduled for June before being postponed as the coronavirus pandemic led to the 2019-20 season being lengthened.
It is understood there will be a vote on whether or not to extend the current ruling to allow five substitutes per match, while a number of other key topics will be discussed.
Competitions were allowed to increase the number of substitutes following the resumption of their respective seasons in an attempt to protect player welfare.
The Premier League altered their rules to allow five changes, rather than three, while clubs were allowed to name nine players on the bench - rising from seven. Controversially, the rule may now be implemented for the 2020-21 season, set to begin on September 12.
The flexibility of that start date is also up for discussion as the desired 30-day break for players would mean some clubs still competing in European competition would have to kick-off the new Premier League season later than others. If Manchester City went on to play in the Champions League final on August 23, the 30-day rest period would mean Pep Guardiola’s side could not start their league campaign until September 22 at the earliest.