Noel Whelan begged the EFL to prevent sanctions from coming into effect until the 2021-22 season as Preston push for Leeds United to receive a transfer ban.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Leeds and Coventry forward insisted it would be “very unfair” to punish teams immediately given the unprecedented times we are in.

Leeds’ players and coaching staff took a voluntary wage deferral at the end of March upon learning the club was set to lose millions of pounds as a result of the season’s suspension.

Preston North End manager Alex Neil believes sides who furlough staff or defer wages should be banned from signing new players when the transfer window reopens.

If implemented the ban could prevent Marcelo Bielsa from adding to his squad upon a first return to the Premier League since 2004.

When asked by Football Insider if a transfer ban would be fair, Whelan said: “I do not want to see things being changed and disrupted before a season. If you are going to do it, do it at the end of next season.

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“Give everyone the opportunities that they have had through their promotions.

“Any big decisions need to be put in place and then executed by the start of next season, not this coming season but the next.

“You cannot drop a bombshell on clubs doorsteps straight away, that would be very unfair on all football clubs. Relegated or promoted. It has to be done in a gradual way.

“If they were to implement that it has to be the start of the 2022 season.”

Club across the UK have furloughed staff and, if introduced, a transfer ban on those sides would hugely affect the transfer market.

Football Insider understands the window is already to be drastically altered as clubs feel the bit amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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