Former Newcastle midfielder Sylvain Marveaux has said he was questioned by French investigators looking into his transfer from Stade Rennais to the English club in 2011.

English football clubs West Ham and Newcastle were raided on Wednesday by tax officials as part of a wide-sweeping probe, with several men arrested for suspected Income Tax and National Insurance fraud.

HMRC, the body responsible for the United Kingdom’s tax collection, has been assisted by French authorities, who conducted 10 searches and detained four people on Wednesday.

Former Newcastle midfielder Sylvain Marveaux has been questioned by French investigators
The investigation is looking into his transfer from Stade Rennais to the English club in 2011

Marveaux, who now plays for Lorient, said he had little information to offer investigators but co-operated fully.

‘It went well as I fully co-operated with investigators… In a case on which I have very few details, namely the circumstances of my transfer to Newcastle in 2011,’ Marveaux, who was later released, said in a statement.

‘I will continue to co-operate with the investigation.’

HMRC, who has been assisted by French authorities, raided Toon’s training base this week
Managing director Lee Charnley (right) was arrested but was released without charge
Marveaux, now playing for Lorient, said he had little information to offer but co-operated fully