Within the game, players can be transferred between teams on a permanent basis or loaned between teams on a temporary basis. The transfer list is where players are placed when teams are looking to sell or loan players out of their squad. Managers of other teams may search this list in order to find players that they feel will benefit their own squad and make offers to purchase or loan via it. Managers can move players on (and off) the transfer list at any time by using the various transfer links throughout the site.

Transferring players

Offers to purchase players can either go via the transfer list or directly by submitting a transfer offer. When submitting a transfer offer, the players' current team must be selected before the player can be selected.

Once the player has been selected, the offer can be entered. This can be a money only offer or a money plus player offer. The offer must be within range of what the player is worth. If a player is offered as well as money (swap deal) then the value of this player is taken into consideration.

Once the offer has been made it is up to the players' manager to decide whether to accept the offer or not. If they accept it then the transfer takes place immediately upon acceptance. An alternative option is for them to negotiate the deal. Negotiating does not give the option to change or add any player offered, just to auggest an alternative fee. If a deal is negotiated then this can be sent back and forth as much as required until the deal is finally resolved.

Loaning players

Players can be loaned between teams for a specified number of weeks. This is useful to give players regular matches or to cover positions in case of injuries and suspensions.

There is no limit to the number of players that a team can have out on loan but a team can only have a maximum of 5 players in on loan at any time. Players can only be loaned out towards the end of the season if they have played less than 75% of league games for their parent team during the season. Requests to loan these players can still be made but the request can not be accepted until there are no restrictions.

To loan a player a loan request should be submitted. This can also be done via the transfer list. When a request is placed the requesting team needs to specify how many weeks they would like the player for and how much of the players' salary they are willing to pay during the loan period, in terms of a percentage. Requests are then accepted or rejected by the players' manager. If accepted then the loan deal begins instantly and the player can be selected to play straight away. Loan requests can be also cancelled at any time before the players' current team accepts or rejects the offer.

Once a loan deal is in action, the loan deal can be cancelled by either team once a 4 week period has elapsed. A loan deal that is cancelled means that the player will return to his original club after the next league matches. If the deal isn't cancelled then the player will return once the loan period is over.

Transfer pool

Alongside the usual way of transferring players is a transfer pool. This is for players who managers want to sell but who aren't attracting any offers. A player can be placed in the transfer pool for a period of up to 5 weeks. During this period the player can not be removed from the pool or transferred via the usual system.

Whilst a player is in the transfer pool other teams can submit bids for them. At the end of the bidding period, the player will be sold to the highest bidder. If 2 or more teams have bid the same amount then the player will choose which team they want to go to. If no bids are received for the player then the player just leaves the transfer pool. Players can be placed in the transfer pool several times if no bids are made and the manager keeps wishing to do so.

Bids for players in the transfer pool can be of any value, including £0. However, only 80% of the final transfer fee (the highest bid) will go to the selling team. The other 20% is used to pay for the usage of the transfer pool. Transfers of players in the pool who don't belong to a team will be shown as having a transfer value of £0 regardless of the winning bid.

Shortlist

Each manager has a shortlist where they can keep a list of players they are prospectively interested in. Notifications for these players will be received when offers for them are made or when they are loaned out or transferred. Players that are owned by other teams or in the transfer pool can be stored in this list and added/removed as the manager chooses. Automatic removals occur when the player is purchased by the manager or the player retires.

Miscellaneous

You must have between 16 and 30 players in your squad at all times (excluding players in on loan). A transfer will not be allowed if either team will go outside these limits should the deal be completed.

When you have purchased a player you will not be able to sell him for 6 weeks. Any players who can't be sold by your club are listed under squad availability.

Teams can only make a maximum of 2 transfers between each other during a 30 week period. This excludes purchases made via the transfer pool. Swap deals are counted as 1 transfer.

Transfers can not be made by managers within the first 2 weeks of being at a team. This gives them the chance to evaluate the transfer market.

Players who are currently on loan are not eligible to be transferred.

At the end of each week, any transfer offers and loan requests more than 8 weeks old will automatically be rejected.

Players who have been on the transfer list for over 4 weeks will be automatically removed. The players can be re-listed at any time.

Players who announce their decision to retire at the end of the season can not be transfer listed. If they are listed at the time they make the decision then all bids will be removed and the player will come off the list.

If a manager quits a team then all recent transfers may be reversed.

Free transfers

You may release a player from your squad on a free transfer. This is useful if you have players who are not part of your plans and you are struggling to sell or if you need to create a place in the squad quickly.

Giving a player a free transfer is only possible if you have at least 17 players in your squad and you will have to pay the player 20% of what his value is to do so. Players who have announced their intention to retire at the end of the season can not be released.

To give a player a free transfer, select the 'free transfer' option from the players' information page. Upon confirmation the player will leave your squad. If the player is not due to retire they will appear in the transfer pool.

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