The latest figures cover the period from 1 October 2011 to 30 September 2012, which spans two transfer windows. The amounts include payments made by clubs on behalf of players.
Bottom-of-the-table Queens Park Rangers paid the third-highest amount to agents over the past year, their figure of £6,818,688 topped by only the champions Manchester City and Liverpool, the Premier League revealed on Friday.
City were the biggest spenders on £10,537,982 – up from £9,663,700 the previous year – with Liverpool second having shelled out £8,600,444, an increase from £7,000,242.99. But it was QPR – who brought in a number of high-profile signings over the summer including Júlio César, Park Ji-sung, José Bosingwa and Esteban Granero – whose payments stood out, with their figure having almost trebled from £2,499,214 in 2010-11.
Promoted Southampton had the lowest figure (£646,106), with Swansea – last year’s lowest spenders – second-bottom of the list despite their payments having risen from £248,633 to £1,100,845.
Aston Villa £2,730,539; Chelsea £6,490,382;Everton £3,092,891; Fulham £2,581,208;
Liverpool £8,600,444;Manchester City £10,537,982; Manchester United £3,681,580;Newcastle United £3,485,503; Norwich City £1,248,725; Queens Park Rangers £6,818,688; Reading £2,167,833; Southampton£646,106; Stoke City £1,717,266; Sunderland £2,173,762; Swansea City £1,100,845; Tottenham Hotspur £6,595,905; West Bromwich Albion £1,341,301; West Ham United £4,436,992; Wigan Athletic£1,974,305. Total £77,003,130