You may recall that at the start of last month (December) we brought you the ‘league table’ of what Premier League clubs had spent on Agent Fees.
The totals below are the amounts spent by Premier League clubs on agents from 1st October 2012 to 30th September 2013, which basically covered the two transfer windows – January when Newcastle bought Debuchy, Mapou, Haidara, Gouffran and Sissoko, as well as the summer when Newcastle bought…nobody and only recruited Remy on loan.
Manchester City: £11,179,817
Newcastle United: £7,294,018
Manchester United: £4,317,690
West ham: £4,169,134
Aston Villa: £3,358,628
Stoke City: £3,191,808
Norwich City: £2,308,987
Cardiff City: £2,225,582
West Brom: £2,211,054
Hull City: £1,825,718
Swansea City: £1,484,878
Crystal Palace: £869,531
At the time (start of December) we said;
‘The figures make compulsive reading and Newcastle United fifth top placing in the table will shock many fans.
When you compare Ashley’s payments to agents with both Tottenham and Swansea it throws up some interesting questions.
Swansea have spent significantly this summer, including the high profile capture of Bony, yet they are second bottom of the spending table on agents. This suggests that the Welsh club’s approach to their transfer strategy is a polar opposite to Newcastle’s seeming over reliance on agents.
With Tottenham as well, the London club spent over £100m on transfers this summer and yet their spending was only a couple of million more on agents than Newcastle’s.’
However, I saw a transfer story earlier today which reported that a ‘middle man’ was going out to Turkey to try and broker a deal whereby Papiss Cisse would join Besiktas, this got me thinking.
As usual there was no official explanation from Newcastle United as to why the agent fees were so huge relatively compared to the others, especially the likes of Swansea and Spurs.
In the absence of any official guidance the thought came to me, and it is only speculation, but is it the case that Newcastle United have contracted out (like they have done for so much else at St.James’ Park) work to do signings. That when Derek Llambias was being credited for tying up the deals with secretary Lee Charnley, much of the work was actually been done by others and their payment comes under ‘agent fees’.
Most people assume that agent fees simply refer to those representing the players you are buying getting their cut but what if it does include work on behalf of Newcastle to get the transfers ‘over the line’.
Many people will be hoping this is the case if there are indeed any prospective signings, rather than relying on the skills of Joe Kinnear.