NEIL Harris says he would prefer if the transfer window closed prior to the start of the season.
Millwall concluded four permanent deals before August 8 and Harris believes clubs would be able to complete their transfer business were the deadline to be moved forward.
West Brom manager Tony Pulis recently called the timing of the transfer window “absolutely ridiculous” after Spurs’ protracted efforts to tempt the Baggies into selling Saido Berahino, and Harris has backed his fellow manager.
He said: “I have thought for a long time the transfer window should be shut before the season starts. I think there are grey areas, obviously, because often you have new managers coming in, but I think you should be able to conclude your business over the summer.
“I think the only reason it’s not done in the summer is because clubs are able to do business up until the start of September.
“If it was until August 7, for example, then business would get done before that date.
“Yes, you start the season and there are a couple of players you might want to move on or a few you may want to bring in, but you can do that with a loan window anyway.
“I think you should have your squad before the start of the season and that should be your squad until the loan window opens or the transfer window opens again in January.
“I would certainly back Tony Pulis and a lot of other managers in saying that the transfer window should be shut before the start of the season, open for a period, and then shut again.”