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Kia claim ends with agent on the payroll

PUBLISHED: 11:24 12 June 2008 | UPDATED: 13:21 05 October 2010

By JONATHAN CLEGG WEST Ham s bitter legal battle with Kia Joorabchian reached a shock conclusion this week when the controversial agent dropped his multi-million pound claim against the club – who promptly offered him a job. Joorabchian took legal action

By JONATHAN CLEGG

WEST Ham's bitter legal battle with Kia Joorabchian reached a shock conclusion this week when the controversial agent dropped his multi-million pound claim against the club - who promptly offered him a job.

Joorabchian took legal action against the Hammers in March, claiming that he was owed payments totalling £7.1millon for his involvement in the infamous third-party deals involving Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano.

But the agent withdrew his High Court claim on Thursday following an out-of-court settlement that will see Joorabchian employed as a transfer consultant for West Ham.

The confidential deal has been lodged with the Premier League but West Ham have not released any details of the arrangement, which will effectively allow Joorabchian to recover all the money he was claiming.

Joorabchian will help the Hammers with player recruitment and future transfers, allowing him to recoup a considerable sum through commission payments.

The settlement was described as "amicable" by West Ham, who will pay Joorabchian when the club buy one of the players he advises or if he acts on behalf of the club in selling players.

A spokesman for Joorabchian said: "I'm not at liberty to speak specifically about the deal, but it is a mutually amicable deal.

"Kia is looking forward to working with West Ham. He has big resources in South America."

Joorabchian heads a consortium of investors behind around a dozen of South America's best young players, including Tevez, Mascherano and Manchester City target Jo.

The Iranian-born businessman, who launched a failed bid to buy West Ham in 2006, is so closely involved with many of his players that he is entrusted with plotting their career paths.

Joorabchian has admitted that he is currently working to bring his network of players to the Premier League, and his involvement with West Ham could see more promising youngsters arrive at the club.

"The Premier League is the best in the world and the standard of football is so high," he said.

"You talk to any top-class young player about where they want to play and 90 per cent say England. This is where football's at.

"In the past there was an issue with young foreign players adapting to the Premier League but now, with most teams playing really good football, it's not the case.

"Carlos and Javier came to West Ham aged 22 and within two seasons both played in Champions League finals."

West Ham's agreement with Joorabchian will reignite the furore over their miraculous escape from relegation last year and incense Sheffield United, whose tribunal case against the Hammers begins later this month.

The Yorkshire club are claiming £30m for being relegated after West Ham escaped the drop while fielding Tevez, who they maintain was owned by a third-party and in breach of Premier League rules.


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