Summer transfer window net spend table: Tottenham Hotspur's age of austerity

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Tottenham Hotspur are feeling the pinch, laying out just £5 million net this summer.

Tottenham Hotspur spent just £5 million this summer net, placing them 18th of 20 Premier League clubs in terms of investment, according to SkySports.

This places them above only Stoke City (£3 million) and Southampton (-£0.1m).

Their net spend is dwarfed by Manchester City, who splashed out £124m net, in their efforts to regain the Premier League title they let slip to Chelsea last season.

Spurs' placement in the table could have been dramatically altered had they succeeded in signing striker Saido Berahino from West Bromwich Albion - who themselves sit fifth in the table.

Fans were left frustrated by the club's inability to land Berahino, but if Clinton N'Jie and Heung-Min Son step up and prove themselves than that disappointment may fade.

They are not the only side in North London to spend lightly. Arsenal sit only one place above them in the league table, having spent £8.3m net.

In Arsenal's defence however they finished third in the Premier League last season as opposed to Tottenham's fifth, and so entered the market from a stronger position, but when compared to Manchester City, and even Chelsea and Manchester United, it is a gamble from both Spurs and the Gunners.

This is not new for either club, and Tottenham's age of austerity is backset against big investment in a new stadium, yet with clubs who finished behind them in the table investing heavily, the club will have to be careful they are not caught up.

Teams like West Ham (£26.5m) and Crystal Palace (£21.5) have their sights set on getting as high into the top half of the table as possible, and if Spurs regress on the pitch, their lack of investment off it will be pointed at as reason for failure.

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