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Tottenham Hotspur at the centre of a transfer scam

Tottenham Hotspur are at the centre of a transfer scam involving a forged signature after an attempt to sell the north London club a Dutch striker.

. Credit: Press Association

Spurs were contacted by a Croatian middle-man saying FC Twente had mandated him to sell Holland under-21 striker Luc Castaignos. The club were presented with a document supposedly signed by Twente chairman Joop Munsterman.

Luc Castaignos of FC Twente Credit: Press Association

After being contact by Tottenham, alarm bells rang at FC Twente with Munsterman having signed no such document.

The club have reported the matter to the Dutch FA, the KNVB, asking them to pass it on to UEFA and FIFA.

There has been an attempted fraud when a forged mandate, giving a person the authority to act of our behalf, surfaced. Unbeknown to FC Twente, a player has been offered with this forged document to an English club.

The forgery has been made known to the KNVB, with the request to pass it on to UEFA and FIFA and take the appropriate measures.

– FC Twente statement

We have recently been informed of this scam from England. We have sent a letter to the persons who have used the false document, ordering them to stop immediately.

– Gert-Jan Nijweide, FC Twente's Finance Director