Le Havre dispute United Pogba claim

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Le Havre have denied Manchester United's claim that FIFA have cleared Paul Pogba to join the Barclays Premier League champions.

The two clubs have been embroiled in a bitter feud over the teenager and the issue appeared to be resolved when United released a statement on Wednesday night saying they had been authorised by FIFA to register Paul Pogba "with immediate effect". However, Le Havre insist no firm decision has yet been made by world football's governing body.

"Contrary to what Manchester United state on their official website FIFA have not validated the transfer of Paul Pogba but, as they normally do in this type of case, have issued a provisional international certificate," read a statement on Le Havre's official website.

"The decision of the international body is therefore a non-event and is normal procedure."

Pogba has been caught up in a battle between United and Le Havre, which appeared to have similarities with the case of Gael Kakuta, which landed Chelsea with a ban on signing players for the next two transfer windows.

Le Havre insist financial inducements had been offered to break a contract, something United immediately denied - citing the fact he did not have a deal in place.

It was a stance reinforced by manager Sir Alex Ferguson, who insisted it has never been club policy to pay the parents of players, as had been alleged.

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