According to the BBC, Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur have been targeted by fraudsters, purporting to represent players available for transfer.
A Croatian middleman forged a signature in an attempt to persuade the club that he was authorised to sell them Dutch Under-21 international Luc Castaignos from FC Twente.
When Spurs contacted the Dutch club’s chairman, they discovered that the document was a fake.
“A player has been offered with this forged document,” FC Twente confirmed. “The forgery has been made known to the KNVB (Dutch Football Federation), with the request to pass it on to Uefa and Fifa and take the appropriate measures.”
Gert-Jan Nijweide, FC Twente’s finance director, said: “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.”