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Reading FC Agents' Fees 2016/17 Announced

Now we know why Jaap Stam had no money.

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The good news is that the amount Reading paid out to agents in 2016/17 fell by almost £1 million compared to two years ago, but the club still forked over £1,514,273 to representatives between February 2, 2016, and January 21, 2017.

It's been two seasons since the last full-year results were disclosed, with the 2015/16 figure at £327,390 for the January transfer window alone, making comparisons with that tough. Everyone had basically given up by then and only three signings were made.

But back in 2014/15, when the club was determined to piss away cash on the likes of Matej Vydra and Yakubu, the Royals only forked out less than two teams in the Championship in this regard. The recent figures put Reading eighth. That's behind first-placed Newcastle (£10.5m) and relative strugglers Nottingham Forest (£3.5m) and QPR (£2.3m).

Interestingly, of the promotion contenders, Leeds used agents' fees the least (£711,364) with Reading the highest in the play-offs, at a dead heat with Brighton.

Naturally, the Royals were outgunned in this department by all Premier League teams with the full breakdown on the BBC here.