It was quite a summer for Tottenham Hotspur fans...
Tottenham Hotspur fans endured quite the rollercoaster summer, with the sale of Gareth Bale proving inescapable - but when it happened fans were not overly upset.
That was testament to the prolific transfer business conducted by the club ahead of the sale, unlike the previous summer when they only really began spending too late, with two days to go after selling Luka Modric.
Bale's incredible £85.3 million world record fee meant Spurs always had their work cut out to finish the summer spending more than they received, but they got very close.
Figures calculated by transferleaguehistory.co.uk illustrate that Tottenham finished the summer at -£3.08 million.
They actually outspent the Bale fee, spending £103.7 million in total, but further sales of Tom Huddlestone, Scott Parker, Massimo Luongo, Clint Dempsey and Steven Caulker brought income to £106.75 million.
You can see just how their spending compares to the other 19 teams in the Premier League below...
Summer 2013 Net Spend
Tottenham sit bottom of the table outspent in terms of Net by every team in the division, but the question is whether fans should be concerned or not?
Logic would dictate that the sale of Gareth Bale for a world record fee was a one off which will not be repeated, and so next summer's figures and table should look substantially different.
However there are questions as to whether the sale of Bale was planned all along, what the club's transfer strategy was from the start and how much was made up as the summer progressed.
Wider context of the club's financial commitment to a new stadium makes a summer of marginal profit a convenient one. The increased activity of rivals Arsenal also pours pressure on Spurs' future spending.
Does the fact Tottenham made a profit, unlike the activity of Chelsea or Manchester City mean they will be big players in the market in January or next summer, or is it an early pointer that future off-season activity will mean more belt-tightening?
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