Hopes have grown that Carlos Tevez’s transfer to Manchester United could soon be completed as West Ham executives met representatives from Media Sports Investment and Just Sports Inc.
The talks mark a breakthrough in the protracted saga as they are thought to be the first held in person between executives of the two sides since a writ was served on the club by MSI-JSI last week.
However, if the matter is not resolved on Thursday, it is almost certain to go to the High Court on 22 August.
The 23-year-old striker’s advisers have to lodge their court papers after Thursday, a move which would make an out-of-court settlement unlikely.
Tevez wants to move to Manchester United but his representatives and West Ham are disputing his ownership.
The Argentinian, who has been unable to train with United, is eager for the issue to be resolved.
“To play for a super-club like Manchester United without any pre-season work behind me is going to be a real handicap,” he said.
Legal proceedings were initiated by MSI-JSI as they sought to secure a move to Manchester United before the end of the transfer window on August 31. The companies claim that a contract drawn up by Magnusson, which required that Tevez move on July 1, had been breached.
The Hammers have questioned the validity of that contract, since it was not countersigned by the player.
The Premier League have backed West Ham and claim the club should receive the fee but Kia Joorabchian’s companies MSI and Just Sports Inc claim they own the striker’s economic rights.