Directors of football, scouts, and agents from around the country will descend on the King Power Stadium on Wednesday for the latest edition of the Football Transfer Forum.
The event, billed as “transfer speed dating”, sees recruitment staff from Premier League, Scottish Premiership, and Football League clubs meet up ahead of the January window to prepare for a busy month of activity.
It is the fifth edition of the Football Transfer Forum, set up by agent Tony Sharkey, with Anfield and the Etihad Stadium previously hosting.
At the King Power on Wednesday, Leicester City will be represented by their loans manager Guy Branston, while there will be officials from Arsenal, Tottenham, Southampton, Brighton, Burnley, and a host of other clubs present.
All guests there are through invitation only, and with attendance costing up to £350 per ticket.
Throughout the day, there will be keynote speeches from figureheads in football, with Leeds’ director of football Victor Orta and City’s title-winning scouting mastermind Steve Walsh, now with MLS side Charlotte FC, on the bill.
In between the speakers, there will be five-minute networking ‘dates’, where club officials, scouts, and recruitment staff pass on details and start conversations that could lead to transfers going through in under six weeks’ time.
“It’s basically pre-work before the window,” organiser Sharkey told the Newcastle Chronicle ahead of the previous edition, in 2019.
“I’m an agent so what might happen is someone from one of the clubs might say ‘We need a left-back this January’ and I’ve got a left-back or know someone who has one, it gives them something to work on.
“This is a networking event and it’s bringing people in the football business in the recruitment and transfer of players together.
“It’s just one day before the transfer window but it brings them together: some won’t have met, some will have had phone calls and know each other over a period of time but it’s a good way of touching base with everybody. There’ll be a lot of clubs, a lot of agents and some good companies as well.”