Top flight transfer spend hits £360m – and counting

PREMIER LEAGUE clubs have already eclipsed their winter transfer window spending by around £150m, but they will have to pull out all the stops today to match the record deadline day outlay of 31 January.

That day saw Chelsea lavish more than £70m on striker Fernando Torres and defender David Luiz while Liverpool paid a British record £35m for Newcastle forward Andy Carroll, taking the total for the month to £215m.

More than £360m is already thought to have been spent by top flight sides since the window reopened at the end of last season.

A frantic day is expected today as clubs try to beat the deadline, but it would take some huge shock deals to beat January’s record £130m.