Tuesday 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 2017 and January 2018) 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 reported by Rob Harris of Associated Press.

All intermediary and agents’ fees paid by Premier League clubs over the past year (Summer 2017 and January 2018 transfer windows):

agents fees

As you can see, Newcastle United have spent a massive £7,409,760 in these past 12 months on agents fees.

NUFC are 11th highest spenders on agents fees.

Maybe the most interesting is the fellow promoted clubs, Brighton spending less than four and a half million and Huddersfield less than two and a half.

Those two clubs spending less than Newcastle even when you combine their agents fees, even though both of them spent far more on players than NUFC.

In the past we have reported that with Newcastle United only having a skeleton staff running  the club, it has been claimed that is why they pay far more than you would expect to agents, to set up deals both buying and selling players.

Whatever the truth, it is always depressing to see all that money going out on agents fees.

These latest figures compare to £10,449,578 on agent fees between 2 February 2016 and 31 January 2017.

However, you did see an amazing turnover of players (in and out) last season, whereas this past 12 months there has only been six (senior) permanent buys, plus the three loan deals in January 2018 (Dubravka, Slimani and Kenedy).

(The agents fees total also includes money paid out when ‘work’ is done in terms of negotiating new contracts for existing players)



  • Paul Patterson

    That’s the way of the football world. I don’t agree with it, but at least we’re not near the top of that table.
    Its we’re the actual transfer fees (or lack of) are going that bother me..

    • Mark Potter

      You mean where the income has gone to pay for the sort of spending spree Maclaren had? A year in the Championship, while still paying top wages for many players with a big squad (for that league).

  • Leazes.

    You should really do graphs you know….. perhaps a bar chart graph showing the agents fees as a percentage of player turnover.

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    So the Mag wants us to compete with the top teams and not pay agent fees Jezza would be proud

    • Ram Kishore

      Good one..

  • Down Under Mag

    Agent fees are a fact of the modern cash-vampire that is football. I don’t begrudge them their cut of any moves, however when it is they who are agitating to get their clients moves and unsettle players JUST to engineer themselves a pay day then it has gone too far. and sadly that is happening far too often these days. Too much money going out of the game and it is only the fans (more so the arm-chair ones at that) who end up paying for it.

  • Ram Kishore

    Jim, if at all we are running on a skeleton staff and don’t have many people to do the deals done.. it means we are saving a lot of money on payroll..
    Do u think Manchester united and city paid only 25 million for the agents..
    They are always paid in different ways and means…
    Just like everyone, these agents want their piece of pie and these huge sums are paid wherever there is huge flow of money..
    When we don’t have proper negotiators and early negotiations.. in order to get deals done we have sweeten the deals the agents to make the players come in..

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      Exactly, our agent’s fee seems commensurate with our transfer and loan activity. The fee will be higher as I don’t think the pudlished figures here include the agents fees for the loans of Adam Armstrong (3 deals), Ivan Toney (3 deals) etc etc. These deals are not cost free, the club want them to get game time at clubs that will improve the players so all parties have to be involved.

      The title should not say “depressing” but “on balance, about right”

      • HarryHype59

        Surely you aren’t suggesting this club has paid a third party to facilitate loan deals of players it owns?

        The club getting the players on loan should be paying the agents fees.

        If what you suggest is true, it highlights the absurdity of modern football.

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          I’d be appalled if we weren’t. For the likes of Colback etc who are surplus, we pay agents to get them into other clubs and pay some of the wages. For players of the future like Ivan Toney and Adam Armstrong, the development team here and players & agents must sit down together and work out the type of club they need to go and see how they get the best development.

          • HarryHype59

            Colback is reputedly on £70k a week. I suspect Forrest won’t be paying more £20k a week of his wages. If we are paying agents to get him out on loan, the money saved is cut even further.

            The club loaning the player should be paying the agent!

          • Mark Potter

            And that probably is the case on straightforward deals, both loan and permanent in the UK. The additional agents come in on the international deals. You need people who speak the languages and have contacts at the clubs to facilitate the deals.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            At this moment we don’t know how much of Colback’s wage is being paid, i suspect it’s north of your figure and less than £40k but we would have paid an agent to get him out as he wasn’t wanted by the manager.

            If your figures are right, the way the FFP rules work, it would be better to pay Forest a development fee of say £50,000 a week, get them to pay his full wage and pay an agent to put the deal together.

            I’d not make a call on wither Toney or Armstrong, I’ve seen Toney in the flesh more than Armstrong but both have something in them to suggest they COULD make it and both have shortcomings, age 21-22 is a difficult one. However, we pay agents to get the right club to develop them. Moreover, there were people (you’ll laugh at this) who were betting that we’d be in the championship next season and if that had happened, they would have been the forward line.

  • HarryHype59

    Our neighbours down the road have reputedly paid out £4m in agents fees over the past twelve months. They have spent a paltry £1.2m on players.