Carlos Tevez looks set to complete his move to Manchester United after West Ham and the player’s agent Kia Joorabchian agreed a £2 million deal yesterday to release him from his contract at Upton Park.
Tevez will return from his holidays this weekend to finalise a two-year loan move to Old Trafford.
United then have an option to sign Tevez on a three-year contract for £30m.
Although the agreement still needs the approval of the Premier League and the Football Association, there was confidence fthat the protracted saga was coming to an end.
As part of the settlement, Joorabchian has will accept that West Ham did in fact own the player’s registration and had a three-year contract with the 23-year-old striker.
With the threat of High Court action on 22 August hanging over negotiations, talks have been ongoing this week.
However, Tevez’s move may not mark the end of the affair. The admission that West Ham drew up a new third-party deal for the player on December 1, following Eggert Magnusson’s takeover at Upton Park, has raised new questions.
Kevin McCabe, the chairman of relegated Sheffield United, said he was considering legal action, even though West Ham claim the new deal was never activated because Joorabchian and Tevez failed to sign it until June.
“One of the reasons why West Ham were fined and not docked points by the independent commission in April was that it was all done by the old regime and that the new regime under Eggert Magnusson had clean hands,” McCabe said.
“This document shows that was not the case. The whole thing is a shambles and a disgrace to the national game, and we are weighing up our options.”