Police in the UK have raided three football clubs as part of an investigation into corruption in football.

City of London Police have confirmed the raids took place between 7.30am and 9am on Monday morning.

The identities of the clubs, or which division they play in, have not been disclosed, although Northumbria Police have named Newcastle United as being one of the trio. Portsmouth and Rangers are believed to be the other two clubs involved.

“We can confirm that search warrants were served at three football clubs and the homes of two individuals in connection with corruption in football and its impact on owners and shareholders,” said a police spokeswoman.

“This investigation is a totally independent inquiry.

“It has not been influenced or informed by the Quest inquiry in any way.

“As this is a live investigation, it would be inappropriate to comment further at this stage.”

Only last month, Lord Stevens’ Quest probe into illegal payments disclosed concerns regarding 17 transfers involving five Premier League clubs. However, the current police investigation is not connected to that enquiry.