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Moyes calls for transfer overhaul

David Moyes
Moyes believes the transfer system needs new regulation.

Everton boss David Moyes has called for a change in the rules regarding the transfer of young players.

The Toffees have denied they acted improperly in the recent purchase of 16-year-old Luke Garbutt from Leeds.

But after Chelsea were punished by FIFA for inducing teenager Gael Kakuta to break his Lens contract, Moyes admits the whole area needs new regulation.

"Should clubs be able to take players away from clubs at such a low age? It has to be looked at," Moyes said.

FIFA's shock ruling means Chelsea cannot sign any new players during the next two transfer windows, and world football's governing body has confirmed the Stamford Bridge side cannot recall any players on season-long loans under the terms of their transfer ban.

The incident has led to a host of allegations against other top Premier League clubs regarding signings of young players.

Moyes added: "There should be set prices for younger players. When I managed Preston I got annoyed when we lost players and just got a bit of compensation.

"Now I am at a big club, we go to clubs to try to sign their players, so I have a foot in both camps. But if we are going to have smaller clubs that prosper, we have to have rules that let them keep their players for longer.

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"Clubs like Everton and Liverpool used to buy players from the likes of Burnley and Chester.

"But that does not happen so much now, and is that because the big clubs are signing the younger players earlier?

"Maybe we should do something about the money that goes out of the game to agents. We should legislate to not allow them to control a player until he is 18."

Moyes is concerned that any change should not leave players open to exploitation from third parties.

He continued: "I think (Arsenal boss) Arsene Wenger is right when he says that if the rules over bringing in young players from abroad are changed, then kids will start being bought up by agents.

"And that would start to throw up all the problems over third-party ownership again. But there are loopholes that need to be shut, things have to be done correctly.

"I've managed small clubs and you want to keep hold of your best young players, you don't want them taken away from you.

"But now I am at a big club that does try to get players from smaller clubs, I can see the problem from the other side.

"It would not be correct to allow a situation where agents do buy up young players. "You have to make sure your business is done correctly, because we are all trying to improve our clubs."

Moyes recognises that that it is a complex issue and concluded: "The problem from abroad is the difference between taking a player at 18 or 16 depending on whether it is an EU country he's coming from.

"It is different in different countries. Sometimes players are not professionals until they are 18, and taking them younger causes a problem.

"All countries should be under the same rules. Fans at smaller clubs want to see players they have brought on playing in the first team.

"I understand that, you are losing the romance of football if you take players away too early."

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see also
Chelsea chief defends Kakuta deal
08 Sep 09 |  Chelsea
Everton & Leeds learn Garbutt fee
08 Sep 09 |  Everton
Leeds demand payout for Garbutt
10 Jul 09 |  Leeds
Ancelotti calm over transfer ban
12 Sep 09 |  Chelsea

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