Premier League clubs keep their money

Christopher Samba

Christopher Samba

by Simon Carter , Sports Editor Updated on in Sport

PREMIER League clubs’ spending in January topped £120million – well below 2011’s record total of £225million.

Despite the imminent arrival of new riches in the form of the £5billion- plus TV deals that come on stream in August, there was generally more restraint among top-flight clubs.

Unsurprisingly, QPR emerged as the biggest spenders, splashing out £22million – including a club record £12.5m on Christopher Samba, pictured – along with Liverpool and Newcastle.

Both QPR and Newcastle were among the top-three spenders in January last year as well.

Saints’ contribution to the £120m plus total was just £3.5m, on Norwegian defender Vegard Forren.

That was after the club had ended the 2012 summer transfer window as the seventh biggest spenders in the whole of Eurpope.

Saints splashed around £33m last summer as they prepared for their Premier League return.

That was more than Barcelona spent and more than any other English club apart from the two Manchester clubs and Chelsea.

Analysts believe UEFA’s financial fair play rules, which start to take into account club’s finances from this year, and the likelihood of Premier League clubs agreeing to their own spending controls next week, have had an effect.

The picture is not as restrained as last year, however, when only £60m was spent, but is below 2011, as well as the £170m spent in 2009 and £175m in 2008.

Dan Jones, partner in the sports business group at analysts Deloitte, said: “There were relatively few active spenders in the winter window, with over half of this January’s total transfer spending coming from three clubs.

“Winter window activity tends to be driven by the on-pitch competition at the upper and lower ends of the Premier League table.

“Premier League clubs have been relatively restrained in their player transfer fee spending, in spite of the upcoming uplift in their broadcasting revenues of between £20m and £30m each from next season.

“Whilst the clubs’ total spending was £120m, after taking into account transfer income, the Premier League clubs’ net transfer spend was £70m.

“Clubs are now in a reporting period that will count towards the first assessment of UEFA’s financial fair play break-even requirement for international competition.

“Premier League clubs are also considering the implementation of additional cost control regulation at a domestic level.”

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8:09am Sat 2 Feb 13 SaintMax says…

Samba at £12m is further evidence of Arrys reckless destructive management style. If he can't make it work, throw someone's else's money at it.

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8:28am Sat 2 Feb 13 loadcee says…

Spot on Redknapp is a crap manager . He only likes to go to clubs where he can transfer deal and take a percentage for his self and then claim to the revenue he can't read .

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8:55am Sat 2 Feb 13 Corkonian Saint says…

Worst ever Saints managers: 1. Saggy chops 2. Branfoot 3. Souness

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8:55am Sat 2 Feb 13 worried of n e hampshire says…

I really think baring to many injuries we will be ok with what we have look at strengthening in the summer when hopefully prices won't be so inflated 3 points today please COYR!

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9:15am Sat 2 Feb 13 damoose says…

Nice double-header today for the exiles...Saints U-21 at 12.30pm..... http://www.firstrow1 .eu/

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9:27am Sat 2 Feb 13 St Retford says…

I'm not saying 'Arry has left a trail of death and destruction at every club that didn't have the wisdom to sack him but, well, if I was a QPR fan I'd be worried. But who cares? We're off to Wigan to eat pies in the sunshine and support the Saints. As Les Reed would say, it's a perfect day. As he would also say, Pompey are going to reap just what they sow.

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9:37am Sat 2 Feb 13 Little Hitler says…

Corkonian Saint wrote…

Worst ever Saints managers: 1. Saggy chops 2. Branfoot 3. Souness

First two Fo Sho and Souness is right up there because of Ali Dia. However, I take your Souness and raise you Steve Wigley.

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9:49am Sat 2 Feb 13 saint in dordogne says…

QPR's chirman said if they go down he might leave and with their wages we will just poopey all over again

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9:49am Sat 2 Feb 13 saint in dordogne says…

QPR's chirman said if they go down he might leave and with their wages we will just see poopey all over again”

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9:55am Sat 2 Feb 13 Velleity says…

And in even better news, kent141/three halves has been banned. I offer a pint in the Joshua Tree after the relevant home game to the first person to recognise him under his new sign on over the next week or two. And, to those of you going to Wigan, give them a shout for me. I'll be in the Kings Arms in Shirley trying to shout loud enough for the team to hear me as they stuff Wigan 3-1.

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9:55am Sat 2 Feb 13 RedArmy1 says…

With tickets as CHEAP AS CHIPS ... RF GO TO WIGAN TO WIN. WE ARE EXPECTING A TOUGH BATTLING DISPAY FROM THE LADS AND GOALS. WE ARE SOUTHAMPTON. RED ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRMY. WIN. COYR

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9:59am Sat 2 Feb 13 montecristosaint says…

Corkonian Saint wrote…

Worst ever Saints managers: 1. Saggy chops 2. Branfoot 3. Souness

now that made me laugh.... saggy chops ...ahahaha

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10:00am Sat 2 Feb 13 Salar says…

Velleity wrote…

And in even better news, kent141/three halves has been banned. I offer a pint in the Joshua Tree after the relevant home game to the first person to recognise him under his new sign on over the next week or two. And, to those of you going to Wigan, give them a shout for me. I'll be in the Kings Arms in Shirley trying to shout loud enough for the team to hear me as they stuff Wigan 3-1.

Wonderful start to the day. They are a a waste of space, can't be bothered to read their mutterings. Win at Wigan then onward! COYR

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10:03am Sat 2 Feb 13 Corkonian Saint says…

Little Hitler wrote…

Corkonian Saint wrote…

Worst ever Saints managers: 1. Saggy chops 2. Branfoot 3. Souness
First two Fo Sho and Souness is right up there because of Ali Dia. However, I take your Souness and raise you Steve Wigley.

Can't argue with that. Strange appointment that one..

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10:09am Sat 2 Feb 13 saintlysoul says…

loadcee wrote…

Spot on Redknapp is a crap manager . He only likes to go to clubs where he can transfer deal and take a percentage for his self and then claim to the revenue he can't read .

Made me laugh seeing him in his car on Thursday being question by a Sky News reporter when his mobile telephone rang. He said in his evidence at trial that he didn't know how to text or e mail!!!! Is he really being serious. I'd love to see his mobile statement I bet he was sending numerous texts to agents in January!!! What nonsense!

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10:09am Sat 2 Feb 13 saintlysoul says…

Prediction Wigan 1 Southampton 4

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10:19am Sat 2 Feb 13 Egomaniac says…

montecristosaint wrote…

Corkonian Saint wrote…

Worst ever Saints managers: 1. Saggy chops 2. Branfoot 3. Souness
now that made me laugh.... saggy chops ...ahahaha

Why would that make you laugh? Calling people stupid names, or making fun of their physical features is playground stuff for the under 10's! I don't particularly like Mr Redknapp, but I don't resort to name calling. Grow up lads!

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10:24am Sat 2 Feb 13 Confucious says…

saintlysoul wrote…

Prediction Wigan 1 Southampton 4

Done deal. My spooky Auntie Elspeth has just prophesied that I will correctly foretell that saintlysoul will make a correct prediction.

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10:48am Sat 2 Feb 13 olddellsaint says…

imo the reason for the lack of spending in the Prem League is that the chairmens are scared of paying the wages, a far cry from when I was a young lad my dad said play good football boy and you can earn £50 a week as a footballer. Todays score: Wigan 0-4 Saints

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11:23am Sat 2 Feb 13 Seedhouse the Unrepentant says…

DOUZE

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11:24am Sat 2 Feb 13 Red n White says…

St Retford wrote…

I'm not saying 'Arry has left a trail of death and destruction at every club that didn't have the wisdom to sack him but, well, if I was a QPR fan I'd be worried. But who cares? We're off to Wigan to eat pies in the sunshine and support the Saints. As Les Reed would say, it's a perfect day. As he would also say, Pompey are going to reap just what they sow.

He's got to take blame for what happened with odemwingie as well. By talking in the press of how brilliant Odemwingie is it raised the bloke's dreams of playing for him (no idea why - money?) to such a level that he pretty much lost it and in his interview he seemed to think it was certain. I'm surprised West Brom haven't reported him to the league for tapping up/unsettling their player.

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11:32am Sat 2 Feb 13 Seedhouse the Unrepentant says…

Velleity wrote…

And in even better news, kent141/three halves has been banned. I offer a pint in the Joshua Tree after the relevant home game to the first person to recognise him under his new sign on over the next week or two. And, to those of you going to Wigan, give them a shout for me. I'll be in the Kings Arms in Shirley trying to shout loud enough for the team to hear me as they stuff Wigan 3-1.

Montecristosaint - I claim my free pint!

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11:40am Sat 2 Feb 13 SaintMax says…

saintlysoul wrote…

Prediction Wigan 1 Southampton 4

Like it saintly, lets hope this is from your insider and ends up being the case! Great sunny day for a win! Bon voyage to all going to the game, I will try and see if I can get a stream and some time off from the kids!

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11:45am Sat 2 Feb 13 North Wales Saint says…

Bright and sunny up north today but rather chilly - three North Wales Saints setting off soon. A hot coffee in the marquee today I think, and maybe one of the famous Wigan pies.

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12:07pm Sat 2 Feb 13 saintshorse101 says…

Red n White wrote…

St Retford wrote…

I'm not saying 'Arry has left a trail of death and destruction at every club that didn't have the wisdom to sack him but, well, if I was a QPR fan I'd be worried. But who cares? We're off to Wigan to eat pies in the sunshine and support the Saints. As Les Reed would say, it's a perfect day. As he would also say, Pompey are going to reap just what they sow.
He's got to take blame for what happened with odemwingie as well. By talking in the press of how brilliant Odemwingie is it raised the bloke's dreams of playing for him (no idea why - money?) to such a level that he pretty much lost it and in his interview he seemed to think it was certain. I'm surprised West Brom haven't reported him to the league for tapping up/unsettling their player.

exactly! `arry redkrapp is loved by the press because he always talks to them. quote after quote about any player they ask him about "yeah eee`s a wonderful player who i`ve always liked" and his favorite `get out of jail clause` "the chairman asked me/told me about a player he is getting" "nothing to do with me guv! i will never forget his excuse for being arrested for alleged bungs (cleared of course) "the police have to arrest you to talk to you!" and to this day i have never asked a policeman the time or for directions! and now the PO debacle, wba refused him permission to talk to qpr because they couldnt do a deal, and `arry says "i feel sorry for the lad". why does he feel sorry for him? PO is still a wba player and still earns a lot of money, so does he feel sorry for him because he made PO look a right idiot? the players agent isnt stupid, he wouldnt let him travel unless he had been told that the deal was likely to go through, and wba wouldnt have told his agent that, so where else would it have come from? `arry will leave qpr in the summer when they go down and another club will go to the dogs and i dont feel sorry for qpr fans, they held up banners asking for redkrapp to come and save them whilst hughes was still manager, they got what they wanted and have made their bed!

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12:07pm Sat 2 Feb 13 up saints says…

saints u21 on live stream 12.30 v man u if intrested

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12:08pm Sat 2 Feb 13 THEirishSAINT says…

SaintMax wrote…

Samba at £12m is further evidence of Arrys reckless destructive management style. If he can't make it work, throw someone's else's money at it.

Agree..doh I dont thinksamba is finished yet.. Thheres alot beter cb out there for less than 12 mill ha .. 3 1 saints today COYR

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12:08pm Sat 2 Feb 13 likewatchingbrazil says…

Egomaniac wrote…

montecristosaint wrote…

Corkonian Saint wrote…

Worst ever Saints managers: 1. Saggy chops 2. Branfoot 3. Souness
now that made me laugh.... saggy chops ...ahahaha
Why would that make you laugh? Calling people stupid names, or making fun of their physical features is playground stuff for the under 10's! I don't particularly like Mr Redknapp, but I don't resort to name calling. Grow up lads!

do one big head!

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12:15pm Sat 2 Feb 13 THEirishSAINT says…

SaintMax wrote…

saintlysoul wrote…

Prediction Wigan 1 Southampton 4
Like it saintly, lets hope this is from your insider and ends up being the case! Great sunny day for a win! Bon voyage to all going to the game, I will try and see if I can get a stream and some time off from the kids!

My p2p.. Thats the place for streming of every saints match iv not missed 1 game this season on this site...MY P2P... COYR

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12:47pm Sat 2 Feb 13 SaintMax says…

THEirishSAINT wrote…

SaintMax wrote…

saintlysoul wrote…

Prediction Wigan 1 Southampton 4
Like it saintly, lets hope this is from your insider and ends up being the case! Great sunny day for a win! Bon voyage to all going to the game, I will try and see if I can get a stream and some time off from the kids!
My p2p.. Thats the place for streming of every saints match iv not missed 1 game this season on this site...MY P2P... COYR

I couldn't get that to work Wednesday Irish, but firstrowsports did and I've heard nutjob.eu is another good alternative.

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1:03pm Sat 2 Feb 13 THEirishSAINT says…

SaintMax wrote…

THEirishSAINT wrote…

SaintMax wrote…

saintlysoul wrote…

Prediction Wigan 1 Southampton 4
Like it saintly, lets hope this is from your insider and ends up being the case! Great sunny day for a win! Bon voyage to all going to the game, I will try and see if I can get a stream and some time off from the kids!
My p2p.. Thats the place for streming of every saints match iv not missed 1 game this season on this site...MY P2P... COYR
I couldn't get that to work Wednesday Irish, but firstrowsports did and I've heard nutjob.eu is another good alternative.

No probs bud was just throwing an option out there..wen you open the link to the match close all other pages and wen the ads go it useally streams perfectly..id give 4 and a half out of 5 overall.. COYR

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1:07pm Sat 2 Feb 13 saintshorse101 says…

grant holt has just dived to win norwich a free kick and the commentators call it `using his experience` when j-rod got caught for our pen at villa he was called all sorts and they wanted him banned and fined. still come on norwich.

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1:22pm Sat 2 Feb 13 SaintMax says…

THEirishSAINT wrote…

SaintMax wrote…

THEirishSAINT wrote…

SaintMax wrote…

saintlysoul wrote…

Prediction Wigan 1 Southampton 4
Like it saintly, lets hope this is from your insider and ends up being the case! Great sunny day for a win! Bon voyage to all going to the game, I will try and see if I can get a stream and some time off from the kids!
My p2p.. Thats the place for streming of every saints match iv not missed 1 game this season on this site...MY P2P... COYR
I couldn't get that to work Wednesday Irish, but firstrowsports did and I've heard nutjob.eu is another good alternative.
No probs bud was just throwing an option out there..wen you open the link to the match close all other pages and wen the ads go it useally streams perfectly..id give 4 and a half out of 5 overall.. COYR

Cheers bud, though I sort of like to linger on the 'find local bored MILFS' ad..

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1:48pm Sat 2 Feb 13 Five Trophies Between Us says…

worst managers since mcmenemy Chris Nicholl no trophy Ian Branfoot no trophy Alan Ball no trophy David Merrington no trophy Graeme Souness no trophy Dave Jones no trophy Glenn Hoddle no trophy Stuart Gray no trophy Gordon Strachan no trophy Steve Wigley no trophy Paul Sturrock no trophy Steve Wigley no trophy Harry Redknapp no trophy Bassett & Wise no trophy George Burley no trophy John Gorman no trophy Nigel Pearson no trophy Jan Poortvliet no trophy Mark Wotte no trophy Alan Pardew no trophy Dean Wilkins no trophy Nigel Adkins no trophy shame 4 u

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1:59pm Sat 2 Feb 13 OSPREYSAINT says…

QPR missed Pen.

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2:19pm Sat 2 Feb 13 worried of n e hampshire says…

likewatchingbrazil wrote…

Egomaniac wrote…

montecristosaint wrote…

Corkonian Saint wrote…

Worst ever Saints managers: 1. Saggy chops 2. Branfoot 3. Souness
now that made me laugh.... saggy chops ...ahahaha
Why would that make you laugh? Calling people stupid names, or making fun of their physical features is playground stuff for the under 10's! I don't particularly like Mr Redknapp, but I don't resort to name calling. Grow up lads!
do one big head!

how about.... rubber faced twitching tw@t?

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2:55pm Sat 2 Feb 13 OSPREYSAINT says…

Velleity wrote…

And in even better news, kent141/three halves has been banned. I offer a pint in the Joshua Tree after the relevant home game to the first person to recognise him under his new sign on over the next week or two. And, to those of you going to Wigan, give them a shout for me. I'll be in the Kings Arms in Shirley trying to shout loud enough for the team to hear me as they stuff Wigan 3-1.

How do you know three halves is banned? Can you get 5trop out too and we would then have a much better Forum.

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4:31pm Sat 2 Feb 13 Egomaniac says…

likewatchingbrazil wrote…

Egomaniac wrote…

montecristosaint wrote…

Corkonian Saint wrote…

Worst ever Saints managers: 1. Saggy chops 2. Branfoot 3. Souness
now that made me laugh.... saggy chops ...ahahaha
Why would that make you laugh? Calling people stupid names, or making fun of their physical features is playground stuff for the under 10's! I don't particularly like Mr Redknapp, but I don't resort to name calling. Grow up lads!
do one big head!

Oh my goodness brazil - you win. I've been trying all afternoon to come up with such a witty and intelligent response - but I've failed! Clearly your brain power and ability to debate is far beyond mine - well done!

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4:33pm Sat 2 Feb 13 Egomaniac says…

worried of n e hampshire wrote…

likewatchingbrazil wrote…

Egomaniac wrote…

montecristosaint wrote…

Corkonian Saint wrote…

Worst ever Saints managers: 1. Saggy chops 2. Branfoot 3. Souness
now that made me laugh.... saggy chops ...ahahaha
Why would that make you laugh? Calling people stupid names, or making fun of their physical features is playground stuff for the under 10's! I don't particularly like Mr Redknapp, but I don't resort to name calling. Grow up lads!
do one big head!
how about.... rubber faced twitching tw@t?

My goodness! I am being slaughtered by the intellectual geniuses! Well done hampshire, you are certainly on an equal footing with brazil. Keep control of the playground ..........!

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