There has been some movement in the betting world on Carlos Tevez’s next club and West Ham are currently joint second favourites to resign the former hammer.
Tevez is currently under contract with Shanghai Shenhua, which expires on 31st December 2018, earning £650k-per-week. The Chinese Football Association have recently capped the amount of foreign players one club can acquire to a maximum of three in order to control the hyperinflation of transfer spending by the mega wealthy owners of the Chinese franchises.
Shanghai Shenhua are currently managed by ex-Brighton boss Gus Poyet and they are looking to off load Tevez to reduce the wage bill at the club. The Flower of Shanghai also have Obafemi Martins, Demba Ba, Kee-Hee Kim, Fredy Gaurin and Giovanni Moreno as their non-Chinese players alongside Carlos Tevez and the club have to cut three of the six players in their squad.
The complication with Carlos Tevez leaving Shanghai Shenhua is that Boca Juniors will have to pay back a hefty sum of the transfer fee they gained from the initial sale – approximately £41m – if Tevez leaves on a permanent basis, and he will not be getting the same wages in his current contract.
A deal could be struck if the striker accepts a wage cut whilst he is on loan, to enable his parent club to recoup £30m and allow Boca Juniors to repay a nominal fee after Tevez has been sold.
If he does come back to West Ham it will most likely be a season long loan deal with the club paying between £100-125k-per-week in wages with a view to sign the player for £8m the following season, a close source has told WestHamWorld.co.uk.
Barcelona have already brought Paulinho back to Europe from China for £40m and could do similar deal for Tevez by offering the same deal, but for les weekly wage.
It was reported last year that David Sullivan offered Tevez £150k-per-week contract to re-join West Ham in their inaugural season at the London Stadium, however the contract offer was rejected due to the imminent move to China.
It’s clear that Tevez is unhappy playing in China and has earned a lot of money during his tenure to set his family up for life. A move back to West Ham would be welcomed by everyone at the club and the fans would love to see a partnership of Chicharito and Tevez up front.
Tevez once said he has unfinished business at West Ham and as the transfer window is coming to its final days, there is a chance of a reunion. It would be interesting to see what business Tevez has in mind at the club as he has won everything in England and has won trophies with whoever he has played for, except West Ham United.
The challenge for Tevez would be to win the club its first trophy in almost 37 years and maintain his excellent CV.
Carabao Cup champions? FA Cup winners? Fingers crossed!