CHERRIES spent more than £9million on agents’ fees during 2019-20 as Premier League clubs shelled out over £263million in total, according to figures from the Football Association.

The FA this week released information relating to all intermediary and agents’ fees paid by clubs from February 1, 2019 to January 31, 2020.

During that time, Cherries recruited the likes of Lloyd Kelly, Jack Stacey, Philip Billing and Arnaut Danjuma – as well as agreeing a loan deal for Liverpool’s Harry Wilson.

They have also negotiated new contracts with a number of players, including Callum Wilson, David Brooks, Aaron Ramsdale, Mark Travers, Sam Surridge and Gavin Kilkenny.

The Dorset club’s agent spend is down on that of 2018-19, where they totalled £10,295,433.

Liverpool topped the Premier League table for fees paid to players’ agents for the third successive year.

The Premier League champions-elect have slashed payments by almost a third, according to the FA’s latest figures – which cover the 2019 summer and 2020 winter transfer windows.

The top four, as in the two previous years, comprises of Liverpool (£30.3m), Manchester City (£29m), Manchester United (£27.6m) and Chelsea (£26.2m).

Everton (£16.9m) are the fifth biggest spenders on agents’ fees, according to the FA’s figures, with Arsenal (£13.6m), West Ham (£13.2m) and Tottenham (£12.5m) making up the top eight. Cherries place 11th on the list.

Burnley (£3.9m) forked out the least of any top flight club, with Sheffield United (£4.3m) and Norwich (£4.9m) making up the bottom three.

Championship clubs paid out a combined £49.3m, slightly down on last year’s £50m, with Stoke (£5.6m) and Swansea (£5.2m) topping the list.

League One sides spent £3.9m, down from almost £6m with Sunderland accounting for nearly £1.4m, and League Two clubs gave agents £1.2m, a slight increase from just under £1million.

The total figures for all top five divisions show English football spent just over £318m on agents, which is almost £80,000 down on a year ago.