Agents take £70million out of the game

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More than £70million was paid to agents by top-flight clubs from October 2008 to September 2009, the Premier League have revealed.

The sum relates to a total of 803 transactions with, unsurprisingly, Manchester City and Burnley the highest and lowest spenders respectively.

Burnley spent £468,398 while City's big-name signings meant they spent £12,874,283, comfortably ahead of Chelsea (£9,562,223) and Liverpool (£6,657,305).

Under new regulations, clubs, players, authorised agents and exempt solicitors agree to the publication of the figures after November 30 each year.

A Football Association spokesperson said: "We are pleased that, through these new requirements, clubs are bringing greater transparency to the domestic transfer market.

"For the first time, there will be a game-wide picture of the level of spending on agents. The leagues and other key stakeholders have been fully supportive, following the example set by the Football League with its publication of agents fees over the last few years."

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