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West Ham settle dispute, free Tevez to join United

AFP, LONDON

Argentine forward Carlos Tevez jumps during a training session before the Copa America tournament in Buenos Aires on June 19.

PHOTO: EPA

Carlos Tevez is free to join Manchester United after West Ham United revealed they had reached a settlement with the Argentina striker's agent.

After weeks of wrangling over who should receive Tevez's transfer fee, the player's agent Kia Joorabchian and the Premiership club have finally settled their protracted and bitter dispute.

West Ham released a statement on Friday confirming that they will release Tevez's registration, enabling him to join United, as soon as they receive the agreed ?2 million (US$4.1 million) payment.

Joorabchian, who owns the companies that represent Tevez, had issued a writ for breach of contract against West Ham after they denied he was due any money from the transfer and the row appeared set for the High Court.

But the Iranian businessman has opted for a settlement after Tevez pleaded with him to let him resume his career. Joorabchian will be paid ?10 million by Manchester United to sign Tevez on a two-year loan deal, with an option for a further three years.

Joorabchian, who confirmed that his legal action was over, insisted he always had Tevez's interests at heart.

A statement, issued on behalf of Joorabchian, MSI Group Limited and Just Sport Inc, said: "We are delighted that a settlement has been reached between all parties to secure Carlos Tevez's move from West Ham United to Manchester United. The agreement brings an end to the legal proceedings started by us against West Ham United in the High Court last week."

"Our primary concern has always been to resolve this issue amicably and to allow Carlos to pursue his ambition to play for Manchester United. Carlos is looking forward to being a Manchester United player and his ambition is close to being achieved. We would like to thank Manchester United for all their patience and support," it said.

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