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Tevez completes Man Utd transfer
Carlos Tevez
Tevez is now free to make his Manchester United debut
Manchester United have finally completed the signing of Argentine striker Carlos Tevez.

The summer saga involving Tevez eventually came to an end when the Premier League approved the deal - thought to be a two-year loan.

The 23-year-old had become a free agent when his agent Kia Joorabchian paid former club West Ham a 2m settlement.

Tevez is eligible to play against Reading on Sunday but the striker is not yet match fit.

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His first game is likely to be the derby at Manchester City on Sunday 19 August.

Manager Sir Alex Ferguson said: "Carlos has surprised us. We thought he would need more training but he looks in great shape.

"It is a difficult situation to assess because a derby game can be frenetic. Once we know he can play, we can make a decision quite easily."

Tevez's registration as a United player brings to an end a long-running saga, which began back in April when West Ham were fined for breaching league rules when they signed the striker and his Argentine team-mate Javier Mascherano.


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The Hammers' response was to tear up an agreement they had with Joorabchian - who claimed to own the striker's economic rights.

But when it emerged Tevez wanted to join United, the Hammers, backed by the Premier League, insisted they should receive the transfer fee, prompting Joorabchian to take legal action.

Joorabchian eventually agreed to pay West Ham 2m to release Tevez from his contract, allowing the Argentine to join United on a similar deal to the one that took Mascherano to Liverpool in January.

Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore has promised to tighten the rules to avoid a repeat of the saga.

"What made this an unbelievable story was an unbelievable series of events," he told BBC Radio Five Live.

"West Ham were all-but relegated at Christmas and then Tevez scored a few goals right at the end of the season and they were able to escape.

"It's unscripted drama and one of the things that makes football so interesting but in other ways it looks like a road crash in how some of the events appear."

Q&A on Carlos Tevez deal
By James Munro
BBC sports news correspondent

Carlos Tevez
Tevez can now finally complete a move to Man Utd

One of the most protracted and complicated moves in English football is set to be resolved with Carlos Tevez poised to switch from West Ham to Manchester United.

The matter was set to go to the High Court on 22 August but talks between West Ham and the Tevez camp are set to have avoided any such scenario.

After months of complex negotiations, the matter seems to be ending - and this is why the deal has became one of football's most drawn-out sagas.

WHY IS THE TEVEZ DEAL SO COMPLICATED?

It's because Media Sports Investment (MSI) and Just Sports Inc, which owns the player's economic rights, and West Ham, which holds the player's registration, fell out over how much compensation the club would need to release him.

And the Premier League needed to be satisfied the sum would be enough to prove that it was West Ham, and not a third party, which owned the player's registration.

About 2m appears to have satisfied all three parties.

WHY A LOAN MOVE TO MAN UTD AND NOT A PERMANENT DEAL?

A similar deal was struck with Liverpool when his Argentine team-mate, Javier Mascherano, moved from West Ham.


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It is a complicated formula designed to ensure that the club and MSI do not break the Premier League's rules on third party agreements.

But part of the loan deal would be the offer of a permanent transfer, perhaps in 2009.

HOW MUCH DO WE EXPECT MAN UTD TO PAY?

No figures have been made public, but Tevez would be expected to earn more than 4m a year.

Any permanent deal could see Manchester United pay around 25m.

WHO IS GETTING THE MONEY FOR THE DEAL?

Kia Joorabchian
Tevez's representative Joorabchian had threatened West Ham with a High Court hearing

MSI's representative Kia Joorabchian has negotiated the deal with Manchester United which should be concluded this weekend.

The company can expect a one-off payment of more than 5m. West Ham will get around 2m in compensation. MSI would also benefit from any permanent transfer deal.

DOES THE OUTCOME CONTRADICT WEST HAM SAYING THEY HAD TORN UP THE THIRD PARTY AGREEMENT WITH THE TEVEZ CAMP?

In normal circumstances, the selling club would earn the transfer fee but this is no ordinary contract.

West Ham insist that the deal proves that it was the club's decision to release Tevez - and part of their compromise deal with MSI is that all legal action is off.

The Premier League would only have accepted the deal if their lawyers were sure that it proved beyond doubt that it was West Ham's decision to release Tevez from his contract, and not MSI's.

They have got an eye on the threat of legal action by Sheffield United.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR SHEFFIELD UNITED?

If West Ham had been docked points rather than fined at the initial hearing into the transfers of Tevez and Javier Mascherano it is almost certain Sheffield United would have stayed up at the expense of the Upton Park side. Hence their interest.

The club says it will study the deal closely before deciding upon its next course of action.

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