Manchester City top Premier League list of agent fees

Sheikh Mansour at the Etihad Stadium
Sheikh Mansour took charge promising to build a sustainable club

Manchester City spent more than any other Premier League side on agents' fees over the past year with £9.66m going to player representatives.

Tottenham spent the second-highest amount, committing £7.57m to agents with Liverpool third on £7m.

Champions Manchester United spent £4.46m, the seventh-highest amount.

The £71.87m total spent by the clubs between 1 October 2010 and 30 September is the highest since the Premier League first published the figures in 2008.

It is a rise of £4.73m on the £67.14m spent between over the previous 12 months.

City, who lead the Premier League by five points, have invested heavily to bring in a series a high-profile players since Sheikh Mansour took over the club in September 2008.

Over the most recent accounting period, Atletico Madrid's Sergio Aguero arrived for a reported transfer fee of £38m and Wolsburg's Edin Dzeko and Arsenal's Samir Nasri also signed in big-money moves.

The three lowest spenders included two promoted sides in Swansea (£248,000) and Norwich (£710,000), with Wigan having spent £659,000.

Blackpool, who stayed within strict financial constraints during their unsuccessful fight against relegation from the Premier League last season, spent just £45,000 on agent fees between October 2009 and September 2010.

Total money spent on agents (Oct 2010 - Sep 2011):

Arsenal - £4,648,532.17

Aston Villa - £3,163,320.00

Blackburn Rovers - £4,227,056.93

Bolton Wanderers - £1,941,896.08

Chelsea - £6,457,747.37

Everton - £2,931,127.10

Fulham - £951,245.50

Liverpool - £7,000,242.99

Manchester City - £9,663,700.00

Manchester United - £4,457,103.00

Newcastle United - £6,380,488.00

Norwich City - £710,251.75

Queens Park Rangers - £2,499,214.00

Stoke City - £2,207,698.11

Sunderland - £3,735,384.29

Swansea City - £248,633.00

Tottenham Hotspur - £7,571,815.27

West Bromwich Albion - £1,305,576.38

Wigan Athletic - £659,800.00

Wolverhampton Wanderers - £1,107,918.00