Payback time over Tevez saga still hurting Hammers in transfer market
21:30 GMT, 19 August 2012
West Ham's summer transfer business is being hampered by a 10million debt still owed to Sheffield United as part of the Carlos Tevez saga.
The Hammers settled an out-of-court compensation package — understood to be in the region of 24million — with the Yorkshire club over fielding Tevez ineligibly, something the Blades successfully argued cost them their Premier League status in 2007.
Trouble: West Ham are still paying for the Carlos Tevez saga
Tevez scored six goals during the 2006-07 season, including a decisive winner against Manchester United on the final day of the season which effectively condemned Sheffield United to relegation in place of the Hammers.
West Ham have been paying the fee to the Bramall Lane club in instalments and owe another 10m in two payments over the next 12 months.
Limited: Sam Allardyce cannot roam free in the transfer market
West Ham co-owner David Sullivan said in his programme notes ahead of Saturday’s win over Aston Villa that the financial burden is having a massive impact on Sam Allardyce’s transfer kitty.
He wrote: ‘We’ve done some good business and brought in some real quality despite our still-limited resources.
‘We have an eight-figure sum still outstanding over the Tevez affair, even though we have been paying it down over the past two years.
‘That amount has to be paid off over the next 12 months, which does take its toll on our transfer activity.’