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Is it time to put a great big brick through the football transfer window?
As readers of this blog will know, a fair chunk of my time in the last few weeks has been taken up chasing non-stories, half-stories and, now and again, true stories regarding which players were going where in the January window.
It's the time of the year when rumour, innuendo and fact merge seamlessly into a hotch potch of transfer speculation, usually started by the boy in the pub whose brother drinks with the groundsman, who was on a bus with somebody's uncle, who told him that Lionel Messi was definitely coming to Hibs because his favourite auntie lived in Leith.
Why wouldn't a reporter spend hours chasing such an obviously good lead?
But enough of my jaundiced views. What are your thoughts on the window?
Is it good for your club, allowing you to keep your best players at key times, or starving it of much-needed revenue throughout the year?
Have you seen through it for the joke it's clearly become?
I vaguely recall the idea of limiting movement of players to two periods of year was a device to stop the big clubs hoovering up smaller clubs' top talent whenever they chose to, or had the cash to do so.
But the whole concept now seems utterly pointless.
Apart from being a restraint of trade, the whole notion of players only being able to move twice a year is totally artificial.
The transfer market should operate like any other market, with the supply and demand as the key drivers.
That would allow teams to strengthen when they needed to.
It would allow clubs to cash in on selling a player when they needed the money and allow unhappy players to move on.
Mind you, if it is scrapped, it would mean that I would have to chase gossip and rumour the whole year round instead of just a couple of crazy months.
Err, on second thoughts...