Premier League clubs are lobbying the Football Association over new regulations that could make it easier to sign 14 and 15-year-old players, according to The Guardian.
Current intermediary guidelines prohibit young players from signing with an agent until the year of their 16th birthday – but a number of top clubs would like to see this changed.
The move would open the doors for players to formally sign with agents way before their 16th birthday, bringing the market of teenage players in line with FA regulations.
Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid have received transfer bans from FIFA for breaching rules on the international transfer and registration of players aged under 18.
Given the murky nature of the situation, Premier League clubs hope the proposal would make it easier, and safer, for them to sign players at a younger age.