Saints help Premier League clubs shatter transfer window spend record

Ronald Koeman spent almost £60m in the 2014 summer transfer record

Ronald Koeman spent almost £60m in the 2014 summer transfer record

First published in Football

SAINTS played their part as Premier League clubs smashed the record for spending on transfers in the summer window after splashing out £835million on new players.

Manchester United led the way, with a record for an English club of £150million spent during the summer, as the Premier League clubs displayed the spending power of their huge domestic TV deal.

Saints spent almost £60m on new players, making them the fifth highest spenders after United, Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea.

Business advisory firm Deloitte said the total was almost double the sum spent by clubs in Spain's La Liga this summer.

The £835million is also over £200million more than the previous record of £630million, also by Premier League clubs in 2013, and the net spend was £410million - £350million to overseas clubs and £60million to Football League clubs.

Dan Jones, partner in the sports business group at Deloitte, said: "This summer transfer window has again been one of records with Premier League clubs spending more than in any previous transfer window.

"This summer has also seen the highest gross spend in a single transfer window by a single Premier League club and a new record transfer fee for an individual player in English football [Angel di Maria, £59.7m]."

The total only includes £6million from the loan fee of Radamel Falcao to United from Monaco however - if the striker moves on a permanent basis at the end of the season that fee will form part of transfer spending in 2015.

Jones added: "We continue to see the increased resources that Premier League clubs enjoy, as a result of improved broadcast deals, translate into investment in players.

"Last season the average Premier League club received over £25million more in central broadcast distributions than they did in 2012/13, which has helped fuel a new record spend this summer.

Spending across the other top divisions of Europe saw La Liga splash out £425million, Italy's Serie A next with £260million, followed by the Bundesliga in Germany with £250million and France's Ligue 1 with £100million.

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10:06am Tue 2 Sep 14

reedhunter1 says...

Yep and we stuffed Liverpool into loads of that lol
Great new signings saints.
COYR
Yep and we stuffed Liverpool into loads of that lol Great new signings saints. COYR reedhunter1
  • Score: 12

10:11am Tue 2 Sep 14

Poole Tom says...

But unlike our competitors we received £32 million more than we spent, which we can use to pay off previous transfer fees that were outstanding. That should still leave us with a surplus of about £10 million to put towards Ryan and Toby if we decide to make their transfers permanent in the future. Happy days. My optimism for the new season has finally returned.
But unlike our competitors we received £32 million more than we spent, which we can use to pay off previous transfer fees that were outstanding. That should still leave us with a surplus of about £10 million to put towards Ryan and Toby if we decide to make their transfers permanent in the future. Happy days. My optimism for the new season has finally returned. Poole Tom
  • Score: 16

10:22am Tue 2 Sep 14

St Van Roetford says...

I love (ie I don't love) how Sky Sports News reads out this figure like it's a totaliser on Children in Need night and the higher it is the better.

It's not actually, y'know, a good thing.
I love (ie I don't love) how Sky Sports News reads out this figure like it's a totaliser on Children in Need night and the higher it is the better. It's not actually, y'know, a good thing. St Van Roetford
  • Score: 19

10:43am Tue 2 Sep 14

exiledinyork says...

Note to the "Kat is asset stripping" brigade.
1. Her name is Katherina, respect that and never add the F word to it.
2. Asset strippers generally do not plough two thirds of their transfer income back into the club. And that's just on fees not salaries and bonuses.
3. The Liebherrs grew a business based on the idea of not using debt. Remember our fishy friends down the road? Be careful what you wish for.
4. As Poole Tom said we have been able to service the debt Cortese created and have reserves to buy Bertrand and Alderweireld if they work out.
5. Finally, never ever believe what you read in the press. The "Outs" were either surplus (Billy), deals that vastly overpriced the player (Lallana) or individuals who were simply mercenary (L@@@@n).

Players may leave. This club will never die. We tried it once, didn't like it and got back to where we belong. 40 years fan service, me. I've seen it all over the years. Just support your chuffing club people!!
Note to the "Kat is asset stripping" brigade. 1. Her name is Katherina, respect that and never add the F word to it. 2. Asset strippers generally do not plough two thirds of their transfer income back into the club. And that's just on fees not salaries and bonuses. 3. The Liebherrs grew a business based on the idea of not using debt. Remember our fishy friends down the road? Be careful what you wish for. 4. As Poole Tom said we have been able to service the debt Cortese created and have reserves to buy Bertrand and Alderweireld if they work out. 5. Finally, never ever believe what you read in the press. The "Outs" were either surplus (Billy), deals that vastly overpriced the player (Lallana) or individuals who were simply mercenary (L@@@@n). Players may leave. This club will never die. We tried it once, didn't like it and got back to where we belong. 40 years fan service, me. I've seen it all over the years. Just support your chuffing club people!! exiledinyork
  • Score: 34

11:00am Tue 2 Sep 14

Mush On The Beach says...

St Van Roetford wrote:
I love (ie I don't love) how Sky Sports News reads out this figure like it's a totaliser on Children in Need night and the higher it is the better.

It's not actually, y'know, a good thing.
It’s kind of obscene isn’t it and where will it end?
The writing could have been seen as on the wall when Trevor Francis was the first to go for 1M.
Remember Cashley Cole stating that a 10K per week pay rise offer was a p1ss-take and a slap in the face. They seem like peanuts in comparison to the madness on display now.
[quote][p][bold]St Van Roetford[/bold] wrote: I love (ie I don't love) how Sky Sports News reads out this figure like it's a totaliser on Children in Need night and the higher it is the better. It's not actually, y'know, a good thing.[/p][/quote]It’s kind of obscene isn’t it and where will it end? The writing could have been seen as on the wall when Trevor Francis was the first to go for 1M. Remember Cashley Cole stating that a 10K per week pay rise offer was a p1ss-take and a slap in the face. They seem like peanuts in comparison to the madness on display now. Mush On The Beach
  • Score: 6

11:14am Tue 2 Sep 14

Hovesaint says...

Some things about this transfer window are to say the least odd but worth noting that even at the beginning Saints were in an incredible strong position.

1. We sell AL, DL, and LS for in excess of 20m each yet the likes of Balotelli, and Welbeck (both what would be viewed by most clubs as Marquee deals) are considerably less than 20m. In my view we have NEVER been a selling club, just one doing exceptional business.

2. Mane and Alderweireld, were seriously under the radar leading up to the close of the window and I consider to be excellent signings by Les and his team as he has with the likes of Pelle and Tadic. So not much sign of numptyness here but shrewd and clever business.

3. Big Ron has been very open to the press where he can be as to what's going on behind the scenes. Remember he cant say much as this impacts on the price an agent and selling club will try and make out of the deal. He also wont suffer fools at all - ask Tadir!

4. Ralph and the Liebherr family have shown that they are here for the long run and made strong investments - even with the restrictions that we have due to the fair play rules for signings and salaries. Its the sign of a well run EPL business that wont follow the likes of Leeds and Poohpy into oblivion. On the Ralph front his job is commercial in getting the Saints brand known around the world which will be good for the club and revenues, that takes time but his track record is exceptional and will deliver results.

5. Finally our playing style has not been impacted from what I saw at Anfield and the hammers last weekend we are still a physical and pressing team that can scare poorer sides and compete with the top 4. We must thank as part of this the last 3 managers for contributing to this and especially MoPo - yes he has had some bad press - but if someone offered you 3 times your salary, pay out of your contract and no doubt a big bonus for doing well in Europe, you would probably make the jump as well.

Its been a roller coaster ride, roll on January!

Love being a Saints fan COYR!!
Some things about this transfer window are to say the least odd but worth noting that even at the beginning Saints were in an incredible strong position. 1. We sell AL, DL, and LS for in excess of 20m each yet the likes of Balotelli, and Welbeck (both what would be viewed by most clubs as Marquee deals) are considerably less than 20m. In my view we have NEVER been a selling club, just one doing exceptional business. 2. Mane and Alderweireld, were seriously under the radar leading up to the close of the window and I consider to be excellent signings by Les and his team as he has with the likes of Pelle and Tadic. So not much sign of numptyness here but shrewd and clever business. 3. Big Ron has been very open to the press where he can be as to what's going on behind the scenes. Remember he cant say much as this impacts on the price an agent and selling club will try and make out of the deal. He also wont suffer fools at all - ask Tadir! 4. Ralph and the Liebherr family have shown that they are here for the long run and made strong investments - even with the restrictions that we have due to the fair play rules for signings and salaries. Its the sign of a well run EPL business that wont follow the likes of Leeds and Poohpy into oblivion. On the Ralph front his job is commercial in getting the Saints brand known around the world which will be good for the club and revenues, that takes time but his track record is exceptional and will deliver results. 5. Finally our playing style has not been impacted from what I saw at Anfield and the hammers last weekend we are still a physical and pressing team that can scare poorer sides and compete with the top 4. We must thank as part of this the last 3 managers for contributing to this and especially MoPo - yes he has had some bad press - but if someone offered you 3 times your salary, pay out of your contract and no doubt a big bonus for doing well in Europe, you would probably make the jump as well. Its been a roller coaster ride, roll on January! Love being a Saints fan COYR!! Hovesaint
  • Score: 14

11:55am Tue 2 Sep 14

jls217 says...

St Van Roetford wrote:
I love (ie I don't love) how Sky Sports News reads out this figure like it's a totaliser on Children in Need night and the higher it is the better.

It's not actually, y'know, a good thing.
Beat me to it St Van.
By the time the gavel had been brought down to halt this circus and the obscene amounts of money that had just electronically changed hands. How many people had died because there was nothing for them to eat and drink? How many people killed or persecuted because of their religious beliefs? How many poor little buggers when to bed last night as orphans because the same money people behind this obscenity we all enjoy had it within their power to save that parent but decided not to because that kid and their parent are - inconvenient.
I'm human and therefore selfish enough to enjoy the last couple of days and forget temporarily that perhaps financing a UN Division to stand between ISIS and their victims is more important than financing 22 grown men to kick an air filled sphere. I worry about affording a season ticket - they worry about getting a mug of water today. Puts it all into perspective really eh!?
Wonder what they'd say if we offered them a choice between a meal and a night's sleep in safety or a season ticket?
Cheer Saints on and have a great season lads - I know I'm going to but lest we forget eh!? lest we forget.
[quote][p][bold]St Van Roetford[/bold] wrote: I love (ie I don't love) how Sky Sports News reads out this figure like it's a totaliser on Children in Need night and the higher it is the better. It's not actually, y'know, a good thing.[/p][/quote]Beat me to it St Van. By the time the gavel had been brought down to halt this circus and the obscene amounts of money that had just electronically changed hands. How many people had died because there was nothing for them to eat and drink? How many people killed or persecuted because of their religious beliefs? How many poor little buggers when to bed last night as orphans because the same money people behind this obscenity we all enjoy had it within their power to save that parent but decided not to because that kid and their parent are - inconvenient. I'm human and therefore selfish enough to enjoy the last couple of days and forget temporarily that perhaps financing a UN Division to stand between ISIS and their victims is more important than financing 22 grown men to kick an air filled sphere. I worry about affording a season ticket - they worry about getting a mug of water today. Puts it all into perspective really eh!? Wonder what they'd say if we offered them a choice between a meal and a night's sleep in safety or a season ticket? Cheer Saints on and have a great season lads - I know I'm going to but lest we forget eh!? lest we forget. jls217
  • Score: 9

11:56am Tue 2 Sep 14

jls217 says...

exiledinyork wrote:
Note to the "Kat is asset stripping" brigade.
1. Her name is Katherina, respect that and never add the F word to it.
2. Asset strippers generally do not plough two thirds of their transfer income back into the club. And that's just on fees not salaries and bonuses.
3. The Liebherrs grew a business based on the idea of not using debt. Remember our fishy friends down the road? Be careful what you wish for.
4. As Poole Tom said we have been able to service the debt Cortese created and have reserves to buy Bertrand and Alderweireld if they work out.
5. Finally, never ever believe what you read in the press. The "Outs" were either surplus (Billy), deals that vastly overpriced the player (Lallana) or individuals who were simply mercenary (L@@@@n).

Players may leave. This club will never die. We tried it once, didn't like it and got back to where we belong. 40 years fan service, me. I've seen it all over the years. Just support your chuffing club people!!
Great post.
[quote][p][bold]exiledinyork[/bold] wrote: Note to the "Kat is asset stripping" brigade. 1. Her name is Katherina, respect that and never add the F word to it. 2. Asset strippers generally do not plough two thirds of their transfer income back into the club. And that's just on fees not salaries and bonuses. 3. The Liebherrs grew a business based on the idea of not using debt. Remember our fishy friends down the road? Be careful what you wish for. 4. As Poole Tom said we have been able to service the debt Cortese created and have reserves to buy Bertrand and Alderweireld if they work out. 5. Finally, never ever believe what you read in the press. The "Outs" were either surplus (Billy), deals that vastly overpriced the player (Lallana) or individuals who were simply mercenary (L@@@@n). Players may leave. This club will never die. We tried it once, didn't like it and got back to where we belong. 40 years fan service, me. I've seen it all over the years. Just support your chuffing club people!![/p][/quote]Great post. jls217
  • Score: 6

2:22pm Tue 2 Sep 14

saintbobby says...

exiledinyork , spot on does not seem enough.

Just the job perhaps sums up your great post. It seems a tremendous amount of good has come out of the summer worries.

And hoveSaint highlights how clever the club has been getting fees in excess of £20 million when compared with £16 million for Balotelli, funny bloke he may be but off the chart in so many ways, and Welbeck to Arsenal for about the same, just highlights how good the business was at the start of the summer.

For me, having watched the Anfield second half, the brilliant result from Upton Park, makes one realise that good times are here anyway, and now another 2 good new signings to add to ur strength.

Mixed feelings about Gaston, but a change might bring him on and he can come back, of course.

Where is Robbie Savage when you want him and Phil Neville come to that? They mentioned relegation and worried for the Saints - what do you 2 clever experts think now?

Aside from all this, 64% possession last Saturday shown on MoD and this time 3 goals. What a change and a great omen. Last year was very high possession but not the goals this should have produced.

And, exciting to think Jay still to come. Don't you just love it? I do, I do!
exiledinyork , spot on does not seem enough. Just the job perhaps sums up your great post. It seems a tremendous amount of good has come out of the summer worries. And hoveSaint highlights how clever the club has been getting fees in excess of £20 million when compared with £16 million for Balotelli, funny bloke he may be but off the chart in so many ways, and Welbeck to Arsenal for about the same, just highlights how good the business was at the start of the summer. For me, having watched the Anfield second half, the brilliant result from Upton Park, makes one realise that good times are here anyway, and now another 2 good new signings to add to ur strength. Mixed feelings about Gaston, but a change might bring him on and he can come back, of course. Where is Robbie Savage when you want him and Phil Neville come to that? They mentioned relegation and worried for the Saints - what do you 2 clever experts think now? Aside from all this, 64% possession last Saturday shown on MoD and this time 3 goals. What a change and a great omen. Last year was very high possession but not the goals this should have produced. And, exciting to think Jay still to come. Don't you just love it? I do, I do! saintbobby
  • Score: 5

5:50pm Tue 2 Sep 14

tennisaint says...

Have no idea who we have brought so on to tube to check them out going by the others I think we can trust them
Have no idea who we have brought so on to tube to check them out going by the others I think we can trust them tennisaint
  • Score: 0

8:06am Wed 3 Sep 14

NC Fan4Life says...

Now it is over it appears that overall Saints have done good business in this chaotic transfer window. We are the only club who have made a substantial surplus yet with more quality players coming in than have left.

Hopefully all the new players can step up to the premiership level, if they do then we will have a better team and squad depth than last season, plus a better management team.

Two week break for them to get to know each other and fit in the squad as a new team spirit has to be built. RonKo knows this and was quick to get rid of Taider when he was obviously disruptive.

The biggest plus is also keeping Morgan, Jay, Jack etc so if RonKo can get the new players to fit in and play to their expected potential, then a top six place could be on, if not then at least a mid-table position.

If we are top six then 'bench warmers' Adam, Ricky, possibly Luke may loose their England places and regret leaving, only consoled by the bigger money they are paid. Lovren will do OK but he was easily replaceable.

My only regrets are:-
1. Selling Chambers.
2. Selling Chambers too cheaply
3. Loosing good English players and replacing them with foreign ones, this was not a good transfer window for Woy's England !
4. Only Loaning out Osvaldo again while his value drops, probably give him away next summer so £12m wasted.
5. Possibly paying over the odds for Shane Long
6. Why all the upheaval was allowed to happen in the first place
Otherwise everything else seems positive to me and may look back on this summer as being the time that we changed into becoming a potential top six club.

Can't wait to see how it goes

COYS
Now it is over it appears that overall Saints have done good business in this chaotic transfer window. We are the only club who have made a substantial surplus yet with more quality players coming in than have left. Hopefully all the new players can step up to the premiership level, if they do then we will have a better team and squad depth than last season, plus a better management team. Two week break for them to get to know each other and fit in the squad as a new team spirit has to be built. RonKo knows this and was quick to get rid of Taider when he was obviously disruptive. The biggest plus is also keeping Morgan, Jay, Jack etc so if RonKo can get the new players to fit in and play to their expected potential, then a top six place could be on, if not then at least a mid-table position. If we are top six then 'bench warmers' Adam, Ricky, possibly Luke may loose their England places and regret leaving, only consoled by the bigger money they are paid. Lovren will do OK but he was easily replaceable. My only regrets are:- 1. Selling Chambers. 2. Selling Chambers too cheaply 3. Loosing good English players and replacing them with foreign ones, this was not a good transfer window for Woy's England ! 4. Only Loaning out Osvaldo again while his value drops, probably give him away next summer so £12m wasted. 5. Possibly paying over the odds for Shane Long 6. Why all the upheaval was allowed to happen in the first place Otherwise everything else seems positive to me and may look back on this summer as being the time that we changed into becoming a potential top six club. Can't wait to see how it goes COYS NC Fan4Life
  • Score: 2

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