Police probe alleged scam targeting West Ham FC

Sam Allardyce Credit: PA Wire

Police are investigating a scam reportedly targeting players and staff at West Ham United Football Club.

The Sun reported that both striker Andy Carroll and manager Sam Allardyce had fallen prey to a fraudster at the Premier League club's training ground in Essex in mid-December.

The con artist was offering cut-price Fortnum & Mason hampers and Harrods champagne and the pair paid £11,000 but never saw the goods delivered, according to the newspaper, which also said the fraudster took £30,000 in total from players and staff and had also targeted Norwich City.

The Metropolitan Police have confirmed they are investigating the allegations after receiving a report on Christmas Eve.

Newham officers are investigating an allegation of fraud. This occurred on December 12 and was reported to police on December 24. Inquiries continue and there has been no arrest.

– Met Police