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QPR join big guns on agents' fees list

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Fri, 30 Nov 2012 22:08:00

Norwich full-back Steven Whittaker says hard work lies behind the Canaries' recent run of good form.

Chris Hughton's men got off to a slow start this season but have turned things around and play host to Sunderland on Sunday, looking to go eight Premier League matches without defeat for the first time since 1994.

And Whittaker said: "We haven't been beaten in a while now, so hopefully we can keep that going.

"I don't know why we had a bad start. Maybe it took us a little bit of time with a new manager and new players gelling together.

"But now we are all on the same page and we are all working extremely hard as a unit. Maybe that's why we are having success.

"We have a never say die attitude and we are picking up points in every game."

However, Whittaker says Norwich need to keep his fellow Scot Steven Fletcher quiet if they are to be successful at the weekend.

Fletcher has scored six league goals so far this season and Whittaker said: "I always thought he had the attributes and talent to make it to the top of the game.

"He is a big lad, he has a good left foot and he is a good finisher. He seems to take all the chances he gets, so it doesn't surprise me he is doing so well.

"I was delighted to see him back in a Scotland jersey recently - we have missed him. He has shown what a capable player he is in the Premier League, so we need to be wary of him.

"He is a great talent and has scored a lot of headers, so we have to be wary of his power from crosses and pick him up."

City were the biggest spenders on £10,537,982 - up from £9,663,700 - with Liverpool second having shelled out £8,600,444 - an increase from £7,000,242.99.

But it was Rangers, who brought in a number of high-profile signings over the summer including Julio Cesar, Park Ji sung, Jose Bosingwa and Esteban Granero, whose payments stood out, with their figure having almost trebled from £2,499,214 in 2010/11.

Tottenham (£6,595,905) were fourth on the list, followed by Champions League winners Chelsea (£6,490,382), Arsenal (£5,580,873) and West Ham (£4,436,992), while Manchester United's figure dropped to £3,681,580 from £4,457,103.

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.

The overall amount spent by the 20 top-flight clubs was £77,003,130 (806 transactions), compared to £71,868,749.94 (765 transactions) for the previous 12 months.

Payments made by each Premier League club to agents in the period October 1, 2011 to September 30, 2012 (amounts shown include payments made by clubs on behalf of players):

Arsenal £5,580,873

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 £3,485,503

Norwich £1,248,725

QPR £6,818,688

Reading £2,167,833

Southampton £646,106

Stoke £1,717,266

Sunderland £2,173,762

Swansea £1,100,845

Tottenham £6,595,905

West Brom £1,341,301

West Ham £4,436,992

Wigan £1,974,305

Total: £77,003,130

Payments made by each Premier League club to agents in the period October 1, 2010 to September 30, 2011:

Arsenal £4,648,532.17

Aston Villa £3,163,320

Blackburn £4,227,056.93

Bolton £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

Manchester United £4,457,103

Newcastle £6,380,488

Norwich £710,251.75

QPR £2,499,214

Stoke £2,207,698.11

Sunderland £3,735,384.29

Swansea £248,633

Tottenham £7,571,815.27

West Brom £1,305,576.38

Wigan £659,800

Wolves £1,107,918

Total: £71,868,749.94

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