Sunderland AFC fork out £3.4million on agents' fees as new Premier League figures revealed

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Sunderland spent £3,404,540 on payments to agents over a 12-month period, new Premier League figures have revealed.

Premier League clubs paid out nearly £130million to agents last year - a £15million increase on the year before.

Liverpool spent the most of any club, £14.3million, followed by Manchester United (£13.8m) and Manchester City (£12.4m) with the total reaching £129.86million for the year ending September 30. Chelsea and Arsenal both spent £11.9million while at the other end of the scale newcomers Watford spent £1.6million.

The total spent in the Championship was £26.1million, £3.2million in League One and just £1million in League Two.

Fees are not just paid to agents when transfers happen, but also when players sign new contracts.

During the period in question, there were 172 inbound transfers and loans in the Premier League, 542 new or improved contracts and 573 outbound transfers and loans - a total of 1,287 transactions, all of which could have led to an agent's fee being paid.

The biggest payers in the Championship were Cardiff (£2.8m), Fulham (£2.7m), QPR and Reading (both £2.3m).

Further down the pyramid, League One club Bury and League Two's Accrington Stanley Hartlepool did not pay anything at all in to agents.

Premier League:

AFC Bournemouth - £2,328,862

Arsenal - £11,928,584

Aston Villa - £4,986,058

Chelsea - £11,961,206

Crystal Palace - £4,719,931

Everton - £4,479,432

Leicester City - £4,057,727

Liverpool - £14,301,464

Manchester City - £12,429,380

Manchester United - £13,881,814

Newcastle United - £5,946,031

Norwich City - £2,484,285

Southampton - £5,391,172

Stoke City - £5,308,545

Sunderland - £3,404,540

Swansea City - £4,250,030

Tottenham Hotspur - £5,987,052

Watford - £1,620,229

West Bromwich Albion - £3,342,217

West Ham United - £7,049,001

Total - £129,857,560

The Premier League has published details of its clubs' payments to agents from the period of 1 October 2014 to 30 September 2015.

During this period a total of £129.86million was spent by the 20 present Premier League clubs on agents. The amounts shown include payments made by clubs on behalf of players.

The Premier League agreed in June 2008 that from season 2009/10 onwards each club, on 30 November each season, would publish the total amount they paid to authorised

agents during the period 1 October of the previous year to 30 September of that year (encompassing the two transfer windows).