Ligue 1 side Amiens were reportedly the subject of an attempting hack that sought to steal €2m of the €12m fee they received from the Tanguy Ndombele deal between Tottenham and Lyon.
The 22-year-old midfielder penned a six-year deal with Spurs to become their club record signing following his £55million move from Lyon – and Amiens were owed a chunk of the fee due to a sell-on clause they had included in the contract.
According to France Bleu Picardie, hackers tried to rob the club of €2m on August 3 whilst they were preparing for their final pre-season match against Leganes.
The report states a €600k invoice was ‘intercepted’ and hackers tried to divert the funds to Spain before the transfer was blocked.
The hackers are believed to be the same group who attempted to to take a portion of Noam Emeran’s transfer fee when he moved to Manchester United.
A formal investigation has been opened by the police in order to uncover the criminals.
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Meanwhile, Mauricio Pochettino has insisted there is still more to come from Ndombele, despite a debut goal for the Frenchman.
The midfielder helped Spurs come from behind to claim a 3-1 win over Aston Villa on the opening weekend of the 2019/20 Premier League campaign.
His guided missile from 25 yards beat an impressive Tom Heaton, equalising for his new side having gone 1-0 done to a John McGinn strike.
And Poch said after the match: “It was a fantastic performance. But to be honest there is a lot to improve, he only showed 30 or 40 per cent of his potential. He has amazing potential to improve.
“It’s one of the aspects he needs to work on, he didn’t score too many goals at Lyon, but that is one of the areas that is a target for him to improve this season.
“It is so early, in his first game he scored. I am delighted for him, he is a player that arrived to the team from another country and it is always a difficult adaption and it is going to help him to feel happy and comfortable on the pitch and with his team.”