Mirror Online's Steve Bates reports that the Manchester City Football Club's Scout7 performance analysis system, which holds detailed reports on scouted players, appears to have been hacked.

Bates reports that "confidential professional and personal details of all City's potential transfer targets" may have been accessed by a rival football club.

Manchester City has apparently hired cyber forensics experts to analyze the breach.

With both Shakhtar Donetsk's Fernandinho and Seville's Jesus Navas recently signed for £30 million and £24 million, respectively, Bates suggests the transfers may have been rushed after the club discovered the breach.

A Premier League chief scout told the newspaper, "When it comes to compiling reports on players there is a whole different level of information that goes into a dossier on a player and many clubs around Europe use the same system. ... Having someone else -- especially a rival -- access that information and see which players you are looking at, which players you may buy and which ones are being monitored over a defined period would be seen as catastrophic."

However, Scout7 told the Daily Mail in a statement, "Scout7 is aware of the erroneous publicity about supposed hacking of a client of the Scout7 system. We understand that the incident is still being investigated but involves use of valid passwords obtained from the Club concerned to gain illegal access to a private database. The security or technical integrity of Scout7 systems has not been undermined by this incident."