Tevez set for Red Devils debut next week
Carlos Tevez trained with his new Manchester United team-mates for the first time today -- and Sir Alex Ferguson has pencilled him in for a big night in Belfast or Dunfermline next week. With the Premier League ratifying a deal which releases Tevez from his West Ham contract, United got the 23-year-old through his medical this morning before Ferguson put him through his paces at Carrington.The Argentina striker will have another session tomorrow, leaving Ferguson to decide whether to send Tevez to Glentoran or Dunfermline on Wednesday for pre-arranged friendlies with a split squad. 'We are delighted,'' Ferguson told MUTV. 'Carlos trained with us this morning and he did very well. 'He was very enthusiastic about the situation, so he will train again tomorrow. 'Then, we have a couple of games on Wednesday; in Belfast and Dunfermline. He will be involved in one of those and play the full game.' Tevez's debut will mark the start of a two-year loan period, which gives United the option to complete a permanent transfer at the end. It will also mark the end of a long-running saga which Ferguson expected to complete a month ago, only to find his hopes stall amid the row over Tevez's third-party ownership. Providing Tevez suffers no adverse reaction to his debut, he should be involved when United open their Premier League title defence against Reading on August 12, his first appearance at Old Trafford since scoring the goal on the final day of last season which kept West Ham up. The two-year loan deal is likely to cost United around £5million a year and a statement from Tevez's representative said: 'Carlos is looking forward to being a Manchester United player and his ambition is close to being achieved. 'We would like to thank Manchester United for all their patience and support throughout.' United are looking at the same sort of loan package that saw Argentina midfielder Javier Mascherano move to Liverpool last season. That took some weeks before it was signed off by the Premier League but with that transfer having already been picked over by the lawyers, a similar deal for Tevez should go through much quicker but not in time for Sunday's Community Shield game against Chelsea at Wembley. West Ham emphasised the settlement confirmed they had held the player's contract and registration. The Hammers said in a statement: 'The settlement ends the current litigation taking place between the respective parties and provides for a £2million fee to be paid to West Ham. 'The agreement confirms that West Ham do have a valid player's contract with Carlos Tevez and hold the registration of the player. This will be released once the agreed fee has been paid to the club.' West Ham chairman Eggert Magnusson was relieved the affair has finally been concluded. He said: 'I am obviously pleased that we have finally reached the end of this saga through agreement and common sense. 'All parties involved can now move on and truly focus on the new season. 'I wish Carlos Tevez well for the next stage of his playing career. He is a fine player and I am sure he will be successful wherever he plays football.' The Premier League said they were satisfied that West Ham had behaved in line with their undertakings when they terminated the third-part deals with Joorabchian in April. That led to a High Court law suit from Joorabchian but did allow Tevez to play the last three games of the season in which he had a crucial role in their escape from relegation. A statement from the league said: 'The Premier League can confirm that its board has received and considered a proposal for the settlement of the dispute between Carlos Tevez and West Ham United. 'The decision of the board, having received leading counsel's opinion, is that the agreement reached is compliant with the rules of the Premier League and consistent with the undertakings given by West Ham United to the Premier League board at various times since April 27, 2007. 'This will lead to the cancellation of Tevez's registration, thereby releasing him to join another club in due course.'