Man Utd are trying to sign Carlos Tevez. West Ham say they have had no contact from Man Utd. Man Utd seem to be negotiating with Kia Joorabchian. West Ham must own Carlos Tevez as it was part of the terms of the court case that any third-party agreements must be terminated and West Ham should wholly own the player.
- Either West Ham don't own him, have lied to the Premier League, and Joorabchian is free to negotiate his "transfer" to Man Utd; if this is the case, it makes a total mockery of the decision not to dock West Ham points
- Or United are tapping up a West Ham player; interestingly, Sir Bobby Bloody Charlton came out all guns blazing last year, accusing Real Madrid of tapping up Cristiano Ronaldo; he seemed to have conveniently forgotten Stam, van Nistelrooy, van der Sar, Hargreaves, and now (possibly) Tevez. Surely what's good for the goose should also be good for the gander?
Secondly, I am confused by the Leeds United situation: if I owed £1000 to Revenue and Customs, would they be happy if I gave them £80? If not, how come companies in administration (not just Leeds) are allowed to negotiate such paltry settlements?
Don't get me wrong, I don't want to see Leeds go out of business, but on the surface, there is something grossly wrong if Ken Bates can take the ten-point penalty at the end of the season (which has now been rectified - shutting the door after the horse has bolted), and buy back the club at an inferior price than that offered by other consortia.
I confess that I am not in possession of the facts here, so if someone knows better than me, feel free to paint the full picture (I just can't help thinking that if I was Rotherham United, I would feel very hard done by).