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Wigan boss Hutchings not surprised by increased transfer spending

Wigan boss Chris Hutchings has declared that he is not surprised by the rise in spending from English clubs.

A combination of factors, including the growing number of foreign owners and an increase in television money, has seen Premier League clubs spend more than ever in the transfer market.

Disclosed transfer fees in the English top flight this year came to a gross total of £531million, a 60 per cent rise from last year's £333million.

Hutchings expects the trend to continue, and plans to spend wisely to ensure Wigan can stay competitive in the Premier League.

"I think that was always going to be the case with the money being thrown in, that the prices would go through the roof," Hutchings told Sky Sports News.

"It then spirals down the lower divisions.

"A lot of money has been spent, not all ours, but that is the way the game has gone and we have to accept it and get on with it.

"The big clubs get richer and have to make sure we hang onto their shirt tails and get dragged along with it.

"We've got a few bob to spend and we have to make sure we spent it wisely."

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