Monday, 11 June 2007

Tevez Wranglings

Most of the press have picked up the pieces from the 'Tevez to Manchester United' story that exploded yesterday. The Guardian say the Old Trafford club hope to discover this week whether they have successfully negotiated a way through the intricate process necessary to make Carlos Tevez the fourth high-profile signing of a summer of heavy transfer expenditure. United's chief executive, David Gill, has frantically been trying to find a way to lure the Argentine striker away from Upton Park and has been given heart by the fact that Javier Mascherano was allowed legally to move to Liverpool in January. Tevez’s registration is currently held by West Ham, with whom he signed a four-year deal. Technically that agreement still exists but the repercussions of the tribunal could mean Tevez is no longer bound by it and is, therefore, available on a free transfer. In this case, United would seek to take the player on an initial year-long loan that would cost them in the region of £12million.

According to the Independent, even that sum might not be enough. It is thought that the Italian champions, Inter Milan, would be prepared to pay up to £34million for Carlos Tevez, effectively ruling everyone else out of the race. Peter Edwards in the Express agrees, and states the player has told sources he is not keen on a temporary switch to United and would prefer to join the Italians. Kia Joorabchian is said to have already spoken to officials at Inter. They are prepared offer the player a four-year deal worth around £75,000-a-week, while both Real Madrid and Chelsea continue to monitor the situation closely. The Mail say the player’s immediate future will be thrashed out at a meeting this week between his lawyer, Graham Shear, and West Ham’s legal team. Kia Joorabchian has yet to meet West Ham chairman Eggert Magnusson and is currently in Buenos Aires on business with the striker, who is preparing to play for Argentina in the Copa America. Joorabchian has appointed Shears to negotiate on his company’s behalf after a planned meeting with Magnusson was cancelled last week. MSI will demand that West Ham reinstate the now-notorious clauses in Tevez’s contract which give the company rights over the striker’s transfer.

Also in the Mail is a story that Jermain Defoe will enter contract talks with Tottenham in a bid to extend his stay at White Hart Lane, despite interest from West Ham, Portsmouth and Aston Villa. The article claims Alan Curbishley would be happy to splash out £12million to take the player back to Upton Park, although it is understood Defoe has serious doubts about returning to a club he left in such acrimonious circumstances only a few seasons ago.


Adrian said...

I don't know if anyone had picked up on this..

With all the furore surrounding Sheffield United’s often-repeated, but incorrect claim that West Ham United fielded an ineligible player I noticed that one of the piggies, Jonathan Stead, represented three clubs in official matches between 1st July 2006 and 30th June 2007, in contravention of FIFA’s Regulations for the Status and Transfer of Players, Chapter 3 Article 5.
Between the 6th and 28th of August 2006 he played six games for Sunderland. Between the 13th of October 2006 and the 2nd January he went on loan to Derby County, where he played seventeen games. On the 11th of February he was transferred to Sheffield United where he played fourteen games.
Although the FIFA regulation III 5.3 does permit a player to be registered to three clubs during the appropriate period it specifically states that “the player is only eligible to play in Official Matches for two clubs”. Can you confirm that special clearance was sought by Sheffield United to have this FIFA Regulation waived before Jonathan Stead appeared for them, and that this clearance was granted? If this is not the case, then have Sheffield United fielded an ineligible player on fourteen occasions?

greezy pimp said...

I'd love to think your right Adrian but surely if you found this out someone at the FAPL would have and maybe brought it to Mcabes attention


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