Norwich City paid out £1,183,890 in fees to agents (officially described as intermediaries) between October 1st 2015 and February 1st 2016 – a period that of course covers the January transfer window, according to official figures published by the FA on Friday.
Under FIFA guidelines, the FA have to publish total fees paid by clubs to agents, as well as the names of those involved.
January saw a record transfer outlay for the Canaries as they attempted to buy their way out of a poor summer recruitment. City brought in eight new players including a loan for Patrick Bamford as well as selling Lewis Grabban (£8m), Gary Hooper (£3m) and Elliot Bennett (undisclosed). The two biggest signings were Timm Klose (£7.5m) and Steven Naismith (£8.5m) and one of those deals was £7.5m well spent.
Interestingly, Norwich spent more in these fees than their relegation rivals Sunderland (£733,894) and Newcastle (£538,107) which surprises me, especially with Newcastle who spent a reported £24m on the two signings of Andros Townsend and Jonjo Shelvey.
Manchester United paid out the most in this period (£10,023,318), followed by Liverpool (£6,672,713) and then Manchester City (£5,880,098).
Here’s the full Premier League list in alphabetical order:
Aston Villa £1,638,571
Crystal Palace £1,197,845
Leicester City £936,004
Manchester City £5,880,098
Manchester United £10,023,318
Newcastle United £538,107
NORWICH CITY £1,183,890
Stoke City £1,748,093
Swansea City £491,000
Tottenham Hotspur £2,562,853
West Brom £1,700,127
West Ham £2,691,331
By way of comparison, Ipswich Town laid out just £163, 403 to intermediaries in the same period. It’s also worth noting that Aston Villa spent more than the Canaries but didn’t buy anyone at all in January. That to me underlines the murky world of football payments. What exactly are they paying agents for if they aren’t signing anyone?