The Premier League is coming under pressure to launch an investigation into revelations that Liverpool paid a £1 million settlement to Manchester City over a complaint that their scouting system had been hacked.

Senior figures at two top-flight clubs spoken to by The Times believe the “spygate” issue should be the subject of a review by the league given that it would appear to have contravened its rules. Damian Collins, the chairman of the parliamentary digital, culture, media and sport committee, also called for the Premier League to look into the affair.

One of the club figures said: “This seems such a serious case on the face of it that I really think the Premier League should at the very least establish the facts and…