Friday afternoon has seen the total amount of agents fees paid by Newcastle United over the past 12 months made public.

The decision was made a while ago by the authorities that all agents fees paid by top English clubs had to be made public in the need for transparency.

The period covers the last two transfer windows (summer 2016 and January 2017) and represents all intermediary and agents’ fees paid by clubs during the specified period via the FA’s clearing account.

Remember, this is money paid to the middle men that is not just necessarily when buying players, plenty of clubs using agents to help sell players as well, especially those clubs who might be operating on only a skeleton staff…

Listed below are the official FA amounts as published by the Chronicle, plus Championship Newcastle United and Aston Villa fitted in amongst the 20 top tier clubs

All intermediary and agents’ fees paid by clubs during the period 2 February 2016 to 31 January 2017 via the FA’s clearing account:

£26,286,988 Manchester City

£25,051,431 Chelsea

£19,000,973 Manchester United

£13,792,355 Liverpool

£10,449,578 Newcastle United

£10,156,567 Arsenal

£9,486,397 West Ham

£7,415,321 Bournemouth

£7,167,773 Tottenham

£6,321,036 Southampton

£6,292,751 Watford

£5,998,074 Crystal Palace

£5,833,611 Sunderland

£5,442,113 Stoke

£5,421,662 Aston Villa

£5,359,409 Leicester

£5,081,134 Everton

£4,330,533 Swansea

£4,248,605 West Brom

£2,567,268 Burnley

£2,478,379 Middlesbrough

£1,916,525 Hull

As you can see, Newcastle United have spent an eye-watering £10,449,578 on agent fees between 2 February 2016 and 31 January 2017.

Only 4 PL clubs spent more than that.

Newcastle United spent some £50m+ last summer but sold players to a value of £80m+, including the mega deals for Sissoko and Wijnaldum, so difficult to believe that at least some of this money wasn’t for services provided in selling that pair and others.

Also, Aston Villa have spent significantly more on players in these two transfer windows but sold relatively few players, yet their total of agents fees is only around half of Newcastle United’s.

Whether for players bought or sold, it is once again really sad to see so much money leaving the game (and the pockets of fans) to go to people simply acting as go-betweens.

Going down the leagues, interesting to see Hartlepool spent absolutely nothing, whilst National League Gateshead forked out £9,040 on agents fees. In the Heed Army’s division, Aldershot paid out £56, wonder what they got for that…?!!