Hammers vow to hang on to Tevez

Last updated at 11:29 13 June 2007

West Ham are ready to cause havoc in the transfer market by blocking attempts to snap up Carlos Tevez.

The Argentina star is being touted with a £40m price tag, and advisor Kia Joorabchian is in talks with several sides in a bid to move the 23-year-old along.

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Carlos Tevez

But the Hammers are reported in the Daily Star to be ready to clamp down on any moves by Joorabchian - because they now own his registration.

FIFA rules state a switch can only be ratified once a buyer is in possession of a player's registration and documents show that Tevez is registered to West Ham until 2010.

Joorabchian is reported to have been surprised at the lack on contact from Upton Park since the end of the season - when Tevez scored the winning goal at Old Trafford that kept the Hammers in the top flight.

The West Ham board feel the players is theirs and want him at the club next seasson and they can now either order him back for pre-seaon training or demand a huge slice of any transfer fee for Tevez.

And with Joorabchian and his MSI group believing they own the sole rights of the player, the matter could yet up in court.

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