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Hammers: We'll fight Kia

Filed: Wednesday, 6th February 2008
By: Matthew O'Greel

West Ham United have vowed to fight the writ served against the club by Kia Joorabchian last week.

The Iranian businessman lodged a claim last week for 'unpaid' fees relating to Carlos Tevez's time at the club.

Joorabchian is thought to be seeking around 7m in fees and has also stated that he has documentary evidence to support his claim. However West Ham insist that they will challenge any such action, with an unnamed spokesman saying:

"We have been aware of this claim from Mr Joorabchian for some time.

"In our view there is no substance to it and, if necessary, we will defend our position in court."

Joorbachian's legal team are expected to lodge exact details of the claim in court later today. It is though to consist of two seperate fees; one of 4.5million pertaining to an agreement with former directors Terry Brown and Paul Aldridge plus a second seperate claim for around 2.5m based upon a verbal agreement with former Hammers MD Eggert Magnusson, who has since left the club.

West Ham insist that no such agreement exists. We'll have more for you on this later today.

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