£9m to keep Tevez for year

By SIMON CASS

Last updated at 21:34 27 June 2007


West Ham have launched

a desperate bid to keep

Carlos Tevez in an

astonishing £9million

one-year loan deal.

They have offered the

Argentina striker a £6m

salary — £115,000 a week

— but would have to pay

his 'owner' Kia

Joorabchian up to £3m in

a loan fee.

Manager Alan Curbishley

and chairman Eggert

Magnusson are

desperate to keep Tevez,

who almost singlehandedly

ensured West

Ham's survival in the

Premiership last season.

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Carlos Tevez

The £6m-a-year offer would make Tevez the

highest paid player at

Upton Park. But by paying

him wages which would

put him in the same

bracket as Chelsea stars

Michael Ballack and

Andriy Shevchenko, West

Ham hope to convince

him to snub offers from

Inter and Real Madrid,

both of whom are ready

to pay Joorabchian £30m.

The Hammers have had a

disappointing time trying

to sign players, which has

raised speculation over

Curbishley's future.

Keeping Tevez would go a

long way to persuading

the board that they have

the right manager.

So far Darren Bent has

snubbed a £75,000-a-week

deal and Mark Viduka and

Joey Barton have also

turned them down.

Even signing £6.5m Scott

Parker from Newcastle

cost them £75,000 a week.

Portsmouth manager

Harry Redknapp is

considering a £3m bid for

Hammers striker Marlon

Harewood after being

thwarted in his attempts

to sign Fredi Kanoute and

Yakubu.

He said: "If he could get 15

goals, he'd be a snip."

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