AFC Bournemouth paid out £7.73million on payments for intermediaries and agents during a 12 month period.
That period ran from 1st February 2017 to 31st January 2018, during that time the Cherries completed the signings of Nathan Ake and Asmir Begovic from Chelsea, paying out an estimated £30million in transfer fees.
AFC Bournemouth also signed Jermain Defoe from Sunderland on a free transfer and Connor Mahoney from Blackburn Rovers.
In total Premier League clubs spent a combined £211,011,187 to intermediaries and agents.
The highest was Liverpool, who spent just shy of £26.8million, whilst the lowest was newly promoted Huddersfield Town who spent just short of £2.5million.
Howe told the Daily Echo…
“We could say we are not going to deal with or pay agents. Let me guarantee you, if we did take that stance, we would end up with no players coming through the door.
“It is such a competitive market. Agents sometimes get a lot of bad press but they play a huge role in the modern game and the really good agents are so beneficial for players.
“They do a lot of work to help them produce better performances and be more professional. They can sometimes be the first person a player rings either before or after a game.
“There are some very good agents out there who I speak to on a regular basis that really do have the best interests of the player at heart and you have to pay them if you want the players.”
Quite worrying how much we have spent compared to some other clubs considering we only signed 3 players in that time period.
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