Newcastle transfer sensation: Club spent huge sum more on agent fees than Leeds in 16/17
By Alex Stevens
Newcastle have spent nearly £10million more on agent fees than Leeds this season, according to newly-released documents.
The Football Association released on its website on Friday its annual account of total payments made by each club to registered player intermediaries for the 12-month period to 31 January 2017.
The documents laid bare how much each Championship club has stumped up on agents in the last two transfer windows.
In a transfer bombshell, Newcastle are comfortably the biggest spenders, forking out £10.45million on agent fees this season, nearly twice as much as one of the two other clubs relegated from the Premier League last season, Aston Villa.
The Midlands giants spent £5.4million on agent fees, putting them well ahead of the third biggest spenders, relegation-threatened Nottingham Forest.
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Newcastle recruited a number of marquee signings costing above £3million last summer, including Matt Ritchie, Dwight Gayle, Grant Hanley, Ciaran Clark, Matz Sels, DeAndre Yedlin, Mohamed Diame Achraf Lazaar and Daryl Murphy.
The spending is reflected in the team’s position at the summit of the Championship as they appear well placed to secure instant promotion with six matches of the campaign remaining.
By contrast, Leeds appear to have punched well above their weight after rising to fifth in the Championship on a budget dwarfed by many of their rivals.
The Yorkshire giants have spent just £711,364 on agent fees this season, a sum exceeded by 14 clubs in the division.
Garry Monk’s biggest signing last summer was attacking midfielder Kemar Roofe, who joined for £3million from Oxford.
Leeds’ finances and ability to spend lavishly in the transfer market on new players will take on a totally different dimension if they are to achieve their ambitions of winning promotion this season and ending a 13-year spell in the lower leagues.
In other Leeds transfer news, the club have sealed an out-of-window midfielder transfer.