Norwich City pay £1.1m in agent fees after a record January transfer window outlay
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Norwich City paid £1,183,890 in agents' fees for the period covering a club-record January transfer window, according to new official figures published by the FA.
Under Fifa rules governing transfers, national associations are now obliged to publish the total fees paid by clubs to agents – or intermediaries as they are officially known – as well as the names of those involved in each deal. The latest published figures cover the period October 1 2015 to February 1 2016.
That period spanned a record January transfer outlay for the Canaries in a bid to preserve their Premier League status, headlined by the high-profile arrivals of Swiss international Timm Klose and Scottish international Steven Naismith for a reported combined £15m.
Norwich brought in eight new players in total, including a loan deal for Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford, with the likes of Elliott Bennett, Gary Hooper and Lewis Grabban leaving Carrow Road on permanent deals.
The figures include payments on deals or contract renegotiations that may have been agreed outside that period and show Norwich spent more in payments to intermediaries than either of their relegation rivals Sunderland (£733,894) or Newcastle (£538,107).
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Manchester United topped the list, paying out a total of £10,023,318 in agents' fees over that period. Liverpool had the second highest total of £6,672,713. Manchester City were the third highest with payments of £5,880,098. The league leaders Leicester City paid just £936,004 and the lowest total in the Premier League for that period was Everton (£471,400). The total spend of the 20 Premier League clubs was £46,582,843.
In comparison to Norwich's spending, East Anglian rivals Ipswich Town paid out £163,403 to intermediaries over the same spell as part of a total Championship outlay of £6,985,109.
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