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United issue threat over Pogba claims

MANCHESTER UNITED have threatened to take legal action against Le Havre if they continue to make allegations over the transfer of 16-year-old starlet Paul Pogba.<br /><br />The French club have repeatedly claimed United threw money at Pogba&rsquo;s family in order to entice him to Old Trafford.<br /><br />The claims come just days after Premier League rivals Chelsea were handed an 18-month transfer ban by FIFA for inducing another French youngster, Gael Kakuta, from Lens.<br /><br />FIFA say they have yet to receive a complaint from Le Havre but United chiefs are furious with the allegations and have written a strongly-worded letter to the Ligue 2 side asking them to stop.<br /><br />&ldquo;Manchester United is ready to defend any claim brought against it by Le Havre at FIFA,&rdquo; the club said in a statement yesterday. &ldquo;We have today written to Le Havre AC to put it on notice that action will be taken if such allegations are repeated in relation to the transfer of Paul Pogba.<br /><br />&ldquo;Manchester United is entirely satisfied that the transfer of Paul Pogba has been conducted in accordance with the regulations set down by the world governing body, Fifa.&rdquo;<br /><br />United decided to act after Le Havre president Jean-Pierre Louvel claimed the Old Trafford club were guilty of poaching the former French Under-16 captain, even though he had not signed professional forms.<br /><br />He claimed: &ldquo;They tempt the parents. It was fairly simple &ndash; &euro;100,000 to the father, &euro;100,000 for the mother, and a house. There was a legal agreement that he should not be poached.&rdquo;<br /><br />United&rsquo;s response also came on the day when League Two side Crewe Alexandra reported an unnamed Premier League club for an alleged illegal approach to sign a 15-year-old from their academy.<br /><br />Director of football Dario Gradi moaned: &ldquo;It&rsquo;s simple, the big clubs are stealing other people&rsquo;s players.&rdquo;<br />