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.
Police were informed on Christmas Eve and have now launched a probe into the allegations.
A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said: "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."