Man Utd face enquiry over Howard deal

Manchester United and Everton could face huge fines or even points deductions if found guilty, says News of the World.

Premier League spokesman Dan Johnson told the newspaper: “We will be contacting both clubs as a matter of urgency to find out what has gone on.

“As Howard’s is a permanent transfer there is no reason why he could not have played against Manchester United.

“Had such a clause been included in the transfer we would not have allowed it – it would have been a clear case of third party interference.

“We certainly have no record of an agreement between Everton and United that Howard could not play on April 28.”