Everton sporting director Marcel Brands has revealed to talkSPORT he was told to pay £50,000 to a rogue agent he’d never even met following the Toffees’ signing of Kurt Zouma.
French defender Zouma, 23, completed a season-long loan move from Chelsea to Goodison Park in a late summer deal, which was officially confirmed the day after the transfer deadline.
Agents have been making the headlines more and more over the past few years, with their sometimes obscene fees turning them into major players in the transfer window.
And it appears there are a few daring individuals trying to get a piece of the action, as Brands explained in an EXCLUSIVE interview with talkSPORT host Jim White on Thursday.
Asked about the craziest demand he ever got from an agent, the Everton chief explained: “There was one agent, I don’t know him, but he sent me a message saying, ‘congratulations with Zouma, can I send my invoice for 50k to you?’
“But I never spoke to him – it was crazy!
“There are so many agents and people thinking they are involved.
“The things that happen (with agents) are getting stranger and stranger, and that’s not a good thing for football.”
He added: “I’ve never seen so many agents ever in my life as I have in England.
“It’s unbelievable, there are a lot of agents involved in all kinds of things – too many, I think.
“I was polite in the beginning to meet a lot of agents and let them introduce themselves, but later on I have to work on the targets that were important to Everton.”