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Hammers deny new Tevez deal; EXCLUSIVE.

Byline: By PAUL SMITH

WEST HAM intend to play hardball with Sheffield United over the fall-out from the Carlos Tevez affair.

There had been suggestions that Hammers officials were ready to broker an out-of-court settlement with the Blades.

This came after an independent tribunal decided the Hammers were liable to pay damages for playing Tevez in games that ensured their Premier League survival 18 months ago.

Given West Ham's current financial problems, a speedy resolution to the Tevez affair might have seemed an option, especially as the Yorkshire club are seeking pounds 30million in damages.

In addition, 17 current and former Sheffield United players have instructed lawyers to pursue their own claim for damages against West Ham. Ex-United boss Neil Warnock is also preparing a similar action.

The Hammers are now appealing against the judgment and taking the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport despite Sheffield United's attempts to get the High Court to issue an injunction preventing them from appealing the case.

A West Ham boardroom source said: "It is utter garbage to suggest we are seeking to broker an out-of-court settlement with Sheffield United.

"We did not agree with the findings of the independent tribunal which is why we are taking the case to appeal.

"In the worst case scenario we feel our liabilities in this matter are anything from 0 to pounds 5m.

"As for any pending actions from Sheffield United players, we don't owe them a duty of care. Any claim against us is doomed to fail."

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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Nov 16, 2008
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