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Mid-Day Ticker: West Ham go in for Tevez, Kroenke backs Wenger and more

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Just when will Carlos Tevez find his way out of the media spotlight?  

Not today.

West Ham is reportedly prepared to offer Tevez a lifeline by taking the want-away striker on loan from Manchester City until at least the January transfer window.

Tevez has been the subject of intense scrutiny after his apparent refusal to play against Bayern Munich earlier in the week, and the club may well be looking offload the Argentine.

West Ham has made an approach to the Manchester club and has offered to pay a portion of Tevez's monster £200,000 per week salary in exchange for securing the player's services in the Championship League of English soccer.

Tevez joined West Ham in 2006 and evolved into a huge fan favorite, as the Hammers avoided relegation that year almost single-handedly at Tevez's hand.  Tevez netted seven goals in 26 appearances for the club in his lone year in London.

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Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke has put his faith in under-fire manager Arsene Wenger, following the club's sub-par start to the season.

After losing players like Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri over the summer transfer window, life was never going to be easy for the French tactician, but Kroenke, the majority shareholder in Arsenal, firmly asserted, "Arsene's our man."

The London club is currently languishing in 13th place in the English Premier League after collecting a mere seven points thus far in the 2011-2012 campaign.

Collecting two wins and a draw from six games isn't typical of Wenger, but Kroenke is a staunch believer in the manager and believes that clubs "go through a periods like that."


Inter Milan CEO Ernesto Paolillo has dismissed claims that the club is going to make a bid for Argentine striker Ezequiel Lavezzi of Napoli, not in January, but next summer.

Lavezzi has been held in high esteem by the Napoli supporters since his addition to the team in the summer of 2007.

Inter loaned Goran Pandev to Napoli in the closing weeks of the transfer window, and reports have suggested that the Pandev move could pave the way for Lavezzi to link up at Inter in the future.

However, Paolillo has cooled such trasnfer speculation and is adamant that the two moves are unrelated.

Inter Milan is currently 16th in Serie A with four points while Napoli is sitting in 4th on seven points. 


It seems that Arsene Wenger is happy to leave Wojciech Szczesny between the goal posts for the foreseeable future as Manuel Almunia has completed an "emergency" one-month loan to West Ham.

With Hammers No. 1 Robert Green sidelined with cartilage damage in his knee, Almunia should slide right into the picture at West Ham.

The 34-year-old has seen his status as the starter at Arsenal fall from his grasp, and West Ham presents a new challenge for the Spaniard to tackle.  


Should Tevez head to West Ham?  Would he reign supreme in the Championship?  Does Wenger deserve Kroenke's backing?  

Share your thoughts below

  • Dinho

    I disagree. I think the only reason he doesn’t go is if he gets an offer from Argentina. Let the drama continue….


  • al17

    He’s not going to play in a lower league at this stage of his career. His money is guaranteed no matter what. City might be exploring Firing him and then suiing to recoup transfer fee money but he would be nuts to play in a lower league no matter how bad the situation.


  • Turd Ferguson

    Tevez is a spoiled cry baby. 200k GBP per week?! And he didn’t feel like playing?! Some people completely lose perspective after they make it big.


  • Mike

    Yeah, good luck with that. His teammates are denying that he refused to enter the game. On what grounds would they terminate a guaranteed contract and sue him?


  • WestHam600

    He’d go to West Ham before any other non Prem team. We treat him like a god. He is a legend for his goal away at ManU to preserve Prem status in ’06…COYI!!


  • Mike

    That is why the article stated a loan move until the transfer window opened up in January. He can do both.


  • Poo

    PHOTO: “Carlos Tevez react to the news that West Ham united would like to acquire his services”.

    Now being serious…how can he move until Jan if the transfer window is closed?


  • K Bone

    I don’t think 14 year old girls would care about this issue personally, unless they were West Ham fans I guess…


  • K Bone

    That wasn’t my point. Sure he can do both, but I highly doubt West Ham is his first choice out of every non-EPL team, as WestHam600 seems to think it would be. Maybe I’m wrong but Tevez doesn’t seem to have any allegiances to any team…


  • Wm.

    »Now being serious…how can he move until Jan if the transfer window is closed?«
    It would be a loan, not a transfer.


  • Poo

    players cant generally change teams even if for loans. Typically the only loans you see now are “emergency” loans for goalkeepers.


  • Boris

    “In other news, Carlos Tevez reacts to the idea of joining West Ham by braying like a donkey.”


  • Ken

    The loan window doesn’t close at the same as the transfer window. The thing is if Tevez already played for MC, he can only play for 1 more team this year. So he gotta pick the teams carefully.


  • marco

    Nobody is going to pay that price for Tevez, no one. The only way to leave England is for him to buy out his contract.


  • pd

    As PT Barnum once said, the a sucker born every minute. Tevez will find one who will put up with his shenanigans….


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