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Top 10: Highest agent fee spenders in the Premier League in 2014 (1)

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Manchester United contributed less than ten per cent of a record £115 million outlay on agent fees during this year's two transfer windows, but still rank as the fifth highest spenders in England's top-flight in 2014.

The figures will probably come as a surprise to Red Devils fans, particularly after watching new manager Louis van Gaal splash out more than £150 million on six Old Trafford signings during the summer.

However, despite the Dutch coach's extravagant expenditure there are still four clubs that forked out even more cash to player representatives as part of other big-money deals.

The Daily Mail published the findings which were released to the media on Friday, painting a pretty murky picture of how much money is in fact wasted on the notorious middle-men that act as a point of contact between players and clubs.

Only one Premier League side spent less than £1 million on agent fees, with newly promoted Burnley boasting an impressive return of just over £700,000. However, that modest sum likely reflects the huge gulf in riches between sides in the Championship compared to the top tier.

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Leicester City - another club that came up in 2013/14 - are the second most prudent spenders when it comes to agent fees with a bill of just £1.6 million, while Crystal Palace (£2.2m), Hull City (£2.5m) and Aston Villa (£2.6m) completed the bottom five.

Queens Park Rangers - promoted via the play-offs - are ranked in 14th place with £3.2m, higher than Southampton (£2.8m) but lower than Newcastle United (£3.9m), Swansea City (£3.8m) and West Brom (£3.5m) which concludes everyone from 11th down.

To find out the order of clubs that feature in the top 10, click the 'Begin Slideshow' button below, and have your say which team is the most surprising spender in the comment box provided…

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