Spending up on 2012 but shy of record

PREMIER League clubs spent around £37m on deadline day, taking the total spend for the January transfer window to £125m.

The overall figure is double last January’s meagre £60m outlay, and the fourth highest spend by top flight sides since the winter window’s introduction in 2003.

But it was well short of the record £225m outlay in 2011, which featured Chelsea’s British record £50m signing of Fernando Torres from Liverpool. Yesterday’s biggest deal was Christopher Samba’s £12.5m switch from Anzhi Makachkala to Queens Park Rangers.

Deloitte’s Dan Jones said modest spending, despite the prospect of £20m in extra television revenue per club next season, may be down to new financial fair play rules.

Jones added: “Their apparent relative restraint in this transfer window may reflect an increasing focus on clubs achieving more sustainable levels of expenditure relative to revenues.”

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YEAR SPEND

2013 £125m*
2012 £60m
2011 £225m
2010 £30m
2009 £170m
2008 £175m
2007 £60m
2006 £70m
2005 £50m
2004 £50m
2003 £35m