Former Liverpool forward Dirk Kuyt has been caught up in a £200,000 jewelry scam orchestrated by a hotel butler.
The Dutchman, who featured for the Reds between 2006 and 2012 before leaving to join Fenerbahce in Turkey, is said to have had an agreement with the butler to sell a diamond worth almost a quarter of a million, with the intention of splitting the profits.
Reports in the Dutch press claim that the man, who has been accused of robbing valuable items from hotel guests, swapping them with fakes and selling the real ones at a massive profit.
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De Telegraaf add that Kuyt asked for his share of the money from the butler after the sale, only to be told that it had already been spent. The former Liverpool man is now taking legal proceedings in order to recoup the cash he's said to have lost.
The Liverpool Echo approached the 35-year-old for a comment but his camp declined the offer.
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Kuyt earned himself cult-hero status at Anfield for his workmanlike performances over his six years on Merseyside, and now plies his trade back in his home country with Feyenoord having left Turkey last year.
He enjoyed something of a resurgence last season, bagging 19 goals in 32 games to help Feyenoord finish third in the Eredivisie.
That earned the forward a new one-year contract extension back in May. "I'm glad that I am staying at this great club for one more year," he said at the time.
"The squad put together a very good season which ended with the cup triumph. If you've won a trophy you want more and we should go into next season with this feeling. I am excited and confident."
Liverpool meanwhile are expected to be busy in the summer transfer window as they look to build on a season that promised much, but ultimately left them with little.
In Jurgen Klopp's first season at Anfield, they made it two cup finals - in the Capital One Cup and the Europa League - but lost to Manchester City and Sevilla respectively.
The German boss has been linked with moves for some of his former Borussia Dortmund players including Mario Gotze, although any business is likely to be delayed until the end of Euro 2016.
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