Premier League clubs spent a staggering £77million on agent fees from the period between October 2011 and September 2012 - an increase of over £5million of the total fortune going out of the game and into the pockets of the transfer moguls in the previous two windows, reveals a report by the Daily Mail.
Reigning champions Manchester City top the table when it comes to money that was paid to agents for their part in the 806 different transactions involving the English top-flight teams, with the Abu Dhabi-owned club outlaying over £10.5million.
Liverpool occupy second place, with a total spend of £8.6million, while Queens Park Rangers are the biggest surprise spenders in third, having paid over £6.8million on agent fees, highlighting the desperate financial gamble to keep the Rs in the Premier League.
It marks a staggering rise of over 300 per cent from QPR's last accounts (£2.5million), which has still left the Loftus Road club marooned at the bottom of the table, having failed to win a single game so far this season.
Tottenham - who missed out on Champions League football by virtue of Chelsea winning the competition in May - spent the fourth largest amount (£6.6million), slightly more than the aforementioned European champions who lie fifth with £6.5million.
Arsenal spent £1million less than the Blues, with a total figure of £5.5million, while Manchester United are eighth having spent a comparatively small £3.6million.
West Ham are placed between United and the Gunners with a £4.4million expenditure, which is more than double that of fellow newcomers Reading (£2.1million), following their promotion from the Championship last season.
Southampton prop up the table as the only side to have spent less than £1million on agent fees, with a total spend of £646,106. You can see the full table here:
Premier League club fees to players' agents (October 2011 - September 2012)
1: Manchester City | £10,537,982
2: Liverpool | £8,600,444
3: QPR | £6,818,688
4: Tottenham | £6,595,905
5: Chelsea | £6,490,382
Arsene Wenger has vowed to spend more. (©GettyImages)
6: Arsenal | £5,580,873
7: West Ham United | £4,436,992
8: Manchester United | £3,681,580
9: Newcastle United | £3,485,503
10: Everton | £3,092,891
David Moyes operates on a tight budget. (©GettyImages)
11: Aston Villa | £2,730,539
12: Fulham | £2,581,208
13: Sunderland | £2,173,762
14: Reading | £2,167,833
15: Wigan Athletic | £1,974,305
Tony Pulis has made the most of the free transfer market. (©GettyImages)
16: Stoke City | £1,717,266
17: West Brom | £1,341,301
18: Norwich City | £1,248,725
19: Swansea City | £1,100,845
20: Southampton | £646,106