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Carrick Fee Up To £18.7million

Carrick Fee Up To £18.7million

The official site has confirmed that the fee revealed on the Tottenham Hotspur site this morning is correct.

The fee for the 25-year-old England midfielder could reach as high as £18.7million depending on add on clauses.

Carrick is talking personal terms and will undergo a medical today.

The official site says: Carrick began his career with Wallsend Boys Club - the same club that produced Alan Shearer and Peter Beardsley - before beginning his professional career at West Ham`s prestigious youth academy in 1998. Alongside Joe Cole, Carrick played a starring role in the 9-0 demolition of Coventry City in the 1999 FA Youth Cup final, contributing two goals of his own. In the 1999/2000 campaign Carrick was loaned out to Swindon Town and the following season saw him loaned out again, this time to Birmingham City. His exploits for the Blues during 2000/01 earned him a PFA Young Player of the Season nomination, although he eventually lost out to Liverpool`s Steven Gerrard. Carrick spent much of 2002/03 sidelined with injury before West Ham were relegated at the end of the season. Rather than join the exodus that accounted for team-mates Joe Cole, Fredi Kanoute and Jermain Defoe, Carrick stayed with West Ham during their first season back in Division One, where they narrowly missed out on a return to the Premiership in the play off.

Martin Jol meanwhile has shown some real class, can't help but like the Spurs manager I must admit, when he said he had no hard feelings towards Carrick despite the fact the player wanted to move from White Hart Lane.

'Michael Carrick was always a terrific servant to this club and he never moaned even when we told him he had to stay a couple of weeks ago.'

'The only thing he said was that he wanted to go to Manchester United for the challenge and Man Utd are a terrific club. In the end they had to compensate us and good luck to him. Michael is an honest lad and hopefully he will do as well for them as he did for us.'

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Monday July 31 2006
Time: 11:19AM


u can have him for 18.6 million seeing as we only bought him for 3.5 mill 2 years ago and we have huddlestone who is gonna b much better than carrick !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
31/07/2006 11:27:00
A very good player i think and a key position for Man Utd since the departure of Roy Keane
Tel Boy
31/07/2006 11:43:00
actually paid £2.75m. The thing I find strange htat although he plays the holding role he is certainly not a holding midfielder.
The Tailor
31/07/2006 12:10:00
lol 18.6 million, what is ferguson playing at, i personally dont even believe carrick is a good enough player to play at a club like united but o well, could have got 2 rosicky's , lol dear o dear. 10 million maybe still a bit steap imo.
31/07/2006 12:10:00
Very happy with this...we've made a fortune on him!! And have got a ready made and better replacement in Huddlestone(I guess Fergie is going to be after him next)
31/07/2006 12:30:00
£18,600,000 for a good player not a great player, wont be missed that much at the Lane. Carrick gets caught in possesion in deep areas and slows up the play too much, I really dont think he will suit Man Utd style of play, might be wrong. Jol is a true prof didnt want Carrick to go but didnt slag him off once. Jol is a great man manager knows how to get the best out of his players, we'll be stronger and more focused on CL this season, at last we are on the move in the right direction and everyone is watching us for the right reasons C.O.Y.S.
North Devon Spurs
31/07/2006 12:50:00
Are you lot joking?? Watch what carrick does for the mancs this season, mark my words we have lost a ******* good player and to be honest unless the money is well spent this loss has put us behind the mancs again when we were catching up in terms of player class and potential.Lets be honest, I for one am gutted. Carrick will be pushed further forward this season and asked to do a slightly different job and with his ability on the ball he'll supply a hell of a lot of quality passes for the forwards. I am a very gutted spurs fan!!!
31/07/2006 13:21:00
If you boys are hoping he will be a replacement for Keane then You're gonna be very disappointed! He is no Roy Keane and if you're looking to play quick counter attacking football then forget it! Great business for Spurs and look out for Huddlestone! Bigger, better, stronger than Carrick and can tackle!!!!
31/07/2006 14:27:00
wat a waste of money lol !
shaun swans fan
31/07/2006 15:21:00
ha ha huddlestone better then carrick funny how he couldnt get into your team last season and funny how hes only played good against poor teams in pre season he wont even get to play this season neither.
31/07/2006 15:37:00
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