Why the transfer window should close before season openers

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Newcastle manager Alan Pardew last night stated that the transfer window should be closed before the Premier League's season openers - and I fully agree with the Magpies boss.

Pardew was denied the chance of fielding star midfielder Yohan Cabaye because Arsenal had unsettled the player by submitting a bid a day before Newcastle's match against Manchester City.

The Newcastle boss, speaking to Sky Sports, said after his side's 4-0 defeat: "There is a question about the window being closed before we kick off the Premier League season.

"I know the Premier League asked the European leagues to do it and they wouldn't fall in line.

"But after the summer we have had, the situations we have had, with (Wayne) Rooney as well, it is definitely something they need to put under the microscope again."

This isn't the only case of a player being unsettled during the opening weeks of the season due to intense transfer speculation.

Former Tottenham striker Dimitar Berbatov was also involved in an elongated transfer saga during the opening weeks of the 2008/09 season.

The Bulgarian eventually got his way by sealing a 'dream move' to Old Trafford but that was only after he pleaded with the club to allow him to depart the club.

The drama surrounding the move meant Tottenham were without their star man for crucial Premier League matches against Sunderland and Chelsea.

So despite having the striker on their books - and still paying him a vast amount of money in wages - the north London side basically had a player on their books who wasn't adding any value to the team.

Joleon Lescott's move to Manchester City from Everton a year later was also a drawn out affair as the defender didn't seal his move until August 25.

Lescott was involved in Everton's opening match against Arsenal where the Toffees were thrashed 6-1 at Goodison Park.

England international Lescott was dropped for his 'poor attitude' by David Moyes for Everton's next match - as his mind was set on a move to the Etihad Stadium.

Everton boss Roberto Martinez has also previously said the transfer window should only be open during the off-season.

And I'm sure his opinion would have intensified after Manchester United made offers for Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines.

The speculation - which will continue to intensify until the transfer window slams shut on September 2 - will only hinder Martinez's plans for the upcoming season.

Transfer speculation has a devastating effect on players, managers and fans - which is why Pardew and Martinez are 100 per cent right in saying the transfer window should close before the season kicks off.

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