‘Bottom three’ Norwich City keep their agents’ fees in check

Norwich City are in the bottom three in the Premier League – but only in the fees paid to agents over the past year.

Official figures show that the Canaries spent �710,251 on agents between October 1, 2010, and September 30, 2011, a period covering two transfer windows.

Only two top-flight clubs spent less, with fellow promoted club Swansea paying out �248,633 and Wigan �659,800.

Fulham were the only other club out of the 20 in the division who paid agents less than �1m, with a total of �951,245.

The Premier League list shows that nearly �72m went to agents in the 12 months under scrutiny.

Manchester City spent most at �9.66m, followed by Tottenham on �7.57m and Liverpool on �7m. Queens Park Rangers, promoted with City and Swansea, had an agents' bill of �2.49m.

The amounts shown include payments made by clubs on behalf of players. There were 765 transactions during the specified period, though not all attracted an agent's fee.

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The Football League also publishes spending on agents, but their figures cover a different 12-month period.

Figures released in August showed City paid a total of �683,200 to agents in 2010-11, the seventh highest total in the League, but that figure related to the period from July 1, 2010, to June 30, 2011.