Hauge: Mikel move illegal
By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Agent Rune Hauge has waded into the controversial John Obi Mikel transfer row.Agent Rune Hauge has waded into the row over John Obi Mikel's controversial move to Manchester United by claiming the transfer is illegal.
Hauge, who is best known for being involved in the transfer 'bung' scandal with George Graham, insists he had a legally-binding agreement with Mikel's former club Lyn which meant he needed to be consulted before any deal could be completed.
Chelsea are known to be furious that United pushed through a deal for a player they thought they had already captured, and the Nigerian youngster only added fuel to the fire on Friday by claiming he was coerced into a move to Old Trafford.
Now Hauge claims that the matter could end up in court because of the agreement he had in place with Lyn.
"My company has an agreement with Lyn whereby the club are not allowed to sell Mikel without my knowledge," Hauge stated.
"There has to be consultation before anything can be done, but there was not any over the deal that Morgan Andersen (Lyn's sporting director) claims to have done with United.
"I don't know what will happen now, but it is possible that it could become a legal matter.
"In my view, we have a watertight case.
"The problem is entirely Lyn's, they have stepped out of line.
"I'm sorry if this has called any upset for United. That is unfortunate but perhaps understandable because I think that they simply did not know about my agreement with Lyn."