Filed: Thursday, 17th May 2007
By: Matthew O'Greel
West Ham United have been told they can buy Carlos Tevez outright - for a fee in the region of £40m.
That is according to the Daily Mail, who spoke with Tevez's agent/owner Kia Joorabchian last night.
Joorabchian - who lost out in the race for United to Eggert Magnuson's Icelandic consortium last November - also revealed that recent reports of bids for Tevez from one or two European giants were false.
"We havenít held talks with any club, contrary to what you might have read," he said. "This morning it was Inter Milan, the other day it was Real Madrid - but these stories are the work of fiction.
"West Ham's board have to decide what their intentions are. Maybe they will think they want Carlos and build around him - or maybe they will think that they can buy four or five great players for the money instead.
"[Carlos] has a great affection for the club ó and the supporters. The decision on his future is his. He has been very happy there."
Joorabchian also confirmed that Tevez's original contract had been torn up as a result of the Premier League enquiry's initial findings; an issue at the heart of Sheffield United's latest attack on the Premier League; today's request for arbitration.
"West Ham unilaterally terminated the agreement and I have left it in the hands of my lawyer, Graham Shear, to deal with the matter," Joorabchian declared.
"But we did everything right. The proof is in the pudding, because nobody at the Premier League asked for me to go there and give evidence [at the hearing]. They knew that we had behaved correctly. We used top lawyers, top accountants.
"We made sure everything was done, Weíve been involved in many other deals and didnít have a single problem. It wasnít a shady transfer. It wasnít a controversial transfer. It wasnít a strange transfer.
"It has been said of the old administration at West Ham that they had not presented the correct documents to the Premier League. I donít know, but whatever happened Iím sure could have been repaired to prevent all this controversy.
"What I am very upset about ó and sad about ó is that Carlos has been dragged into this affair, when he has nothing to do with it."
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02:02PM 17th May 2007
''Well I'm not even a West Ham fan but to be honest Tevez is the dogs danglies - West Ham should do everything in their power to keep him ...''
12:44PM 17th May 2007
''40 million? A bit steep if you ask me but so was Boa Morte - and Upson was well overpriced. If it takes 40 mil then pay it - he has to stay at this club. If he does just think of the names we could attract. Pay the money and buy him; there's only one Carlos Tevez!''
by Ben Downing
12:28PM 17th May 2007
''If we are aiming to be, in the near future, this top four/five club that Eggy keeps talking about we need to keep these kinds of players. You only get one chance to have a Tevez in your team and I'd never have thought he would play in the claret and blue!''
10:38AM 17th May 2007
''£40 million pounds, I don't think so. Paying that sort of money for Tevez would mean we have build around him. It's a team thing - not a player thing ...''
by Joy Baker
08:42AM 17th May 2007
''If Carlos wants to stay, I suspect he can stay. Joorabchian's contract was said by the Premier League inquiry to be unenforceable in English law as a restraint of trade (unless I've misunderstood this?). Would be easier for both us and Joorabchian to reach a negotiated settlement than go to court -- he's started the bidding high, but he'd come down. ''