Blackburn, Forest, Leeds Hit By Transfer Ban

Three Championship sides, Blackburn Rovers, Leeds United and Nottingham Forest, have been put under a transfer embargo for the rest of the season.

The three clubs had all exceeded a maximum ‘deviation’ of £8million for 2013-14. That consisted of an operating loss of £3million plus £5million of shareholder investment.

All three clubs will be able to sign players in the summer if they remain within a maximum ‘deviation’ of £6million (£3million operating loss plus £3million shareholder investment) for the current season.

A number of other clubs – including Bolton Wanderers and QPR – are said to be in talks with the Football League over possible embargoes.

In a statement this morning, the League clarified certain circumstances in which the affected clubs can sign players.

– they have 24 or fewer established players.

– the player earns less than £600,000 a year (around £12,000 a week).

However, they will be permitted to sign a goalkeeper on an emergency basis.

League statement here.