Newcastle United stand ninth amongst the 20 premier league clubs when it comes to making payments to the player’s agents. According to a report by the BBC, Newcastle United paid £3,485,503 to the agents from a period of October 2011 to September 2012.
During this Newcastle have brought in players like, Papiss Cisse from Freiburg, Curtis good from Australian A – league side Melbourne Victory, Vurnon Anita from Ajax Amsterdam, Gael Bigirimana from Coventry City, Romain Amalfitano from French outfit Reims and a host of young players for the academy.
Although Newcastle United these days do not disclose their transactions it is widely understood that to effect these transfers Newcastle have forked out approximately £17 million. That makes the figure of £3,485,503 paid to agents approximately 20% of the total transfer fees.
Under the ownership of Mike Ashley, Newcastle United have never hidden their dislike for paying of the agents fees and that is why I find the figure £3,485,503 somewhat surprising and on the higher side.
Other news that readers may find odd is the fact that sides like Sunderland and Fulham and especially Southampton have paid lower agent fees and they have brought in more players than Newcastle. Southampton brought in players like Gaston Ramirez, jay Rodriguez and Nathaniel Clyne and ended up paying less than a million (£646,106) in agent’s fee.
The sides that have paid more than Newcastle include, the traditional top four (Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool) Manchester City, Queens Park Rangers, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and West Ham United. Manchester city are at the top of the list spending approximately £ 10 million on agent’s fee.
My guess is that for relatively low spending the reason why Newcastle have shelled out much on agents fees is to get the free agents across the lines and everyone understands that would demand much more agent interaction/intervention than when a player is bought from a football club.