Representatives of Manchester City FC have been left red-faced after falling for an eBay scam, we can exclusively reveal.
Staff at the club, now the richest in the world since being bought in September 2007 by Sheikh Itallabout, became embroiled in a bidding war on the popular auction site, ostensibly for top Brazilian striker and AC Milan player Kaka.
However, having paid an amazing £100 million on 'Buy It Now' - shattering the prior fee record for any player - the club were despondent to be sent a bucket of fresh horse 'kaka' instead.
Brian Dumbass, Director of Technology at City, said, "We thought we were bidding on the player himself - the seller's name was Silvioboarlusconi so we thought it was OK. I guess we should have read the auction listing better".
Manager Mark Hughes denied reports that City's new 'signing' would be appearing in their next Premier League clash, adding, "we've got enough shit in our side at present, thank you very much".