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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.'

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The Journalist

Writer: Cantona Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday July 31 2006

Time: 11:19AM

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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 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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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
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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
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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.
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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)
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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
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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!!!
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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!!!!
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31/07/2006 14:27:00

wat a waste of money lol !
shaun swans fan
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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.
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31/07/2006 15:37:00

Yeah mate - Inter Milan, rubbish!!!!! And havent you ever heard of a young player 'learning his trade'. Thats exactly what Hud was doing last year you uneducated knob! Trust me Huddlestone will probably join you lot in a few years for 30mil!!! Mugs! Hahaha
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31/07/2006 15:46:00

great player. not worth 18.5 million tho!
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31/07/2006 15:51:00

carrick can pass and errrr.... not much else my nan can pass u manure fans make me sick. we have great young english talent not only who have come through or ranks but we have the talent to spot them young like lennon carrick defoe dawson ... routledge reid huddlestone davenport how long have u got u just let other teams make them better then splash out. apart from the one everyone new about rooney. knobs
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31/07/2006 16:07:00

see u manure fans have nothing to say thought not
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31/07/2006 16:12:00

carrick does not really play the holding role hejust plays deep to receive the ball from the defence
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31/07/2006 16:20:00

Cheers for the 18 mil id of thought glazer would have rather spent it hot dogs as 18 million. it would probably pay for his yearly consuption of hotdogs and beer. Ah well abck to this Huddlestone thing he a promising young player no he aint on the same level as carrick but then again he aint our new first chhoice replacement we still have tainio davids jenas ghaly and murphy to filll the center midfield gap and not to mention the direct replacement for carrick didier Zokora who if any of u manure fans watched the world cup was class! And id also like to mention a certain striker who has recently joined spurs who REJCTED manchester united Dimitar Berbatov!
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31/07/2006 16:53:00

this has nought to do with the article, but how long until rooney ounches ronaldos lights out?
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31/07/2006 18:01:00

correction - punches ronaldos lights out.
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31/07/2006 18:01:00

West Ham and Tottenham have made a nice little earner there since the Hammers have to be paid a percentage due to a sell on clause 18.6 million? bit too much
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31/07/2006 18:30:00

what a load of crap 18 million for carrick, ******** michael carrick, spurs have already brought in a better player in zokora than carrick and he only cost 7 million, there has been some absolutely class players going cheap like duff at 5 million and appiah at 7million, im afraid old age is starting to cloud fergies judgement.
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31/07/2006 19:11:00

i have a few words to say to fergie about signing carrick: you should have gone to specsavers. By the way, liverpool will win the league.
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31/07/2006 19:28:00

18.7 million what a rip off, i think chelski will be winning the league again next season
green giant 12
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01/08/2006 00:09:00

prob and i think the gunner might come second
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01/08/2006 00:20:00

We have done ridiculously well out of this deal. At the original 10m, all Spurs fans would have been *****ed off and all Manchester Utd fans reasonably happy! At this crazy price we are laughing our heads off because as Kanchelskis says we got a better replacement in Zokora for around 8m and not to mention Huddlestone waiting in the wings! We'll probably get 15m up front, so even after West Ham paid off, thats straight 13m in our pockets, 10m profit in 2 yrs - it dont happen too often! With that 13m and a bit more from selling Reid, Murphy etc we can bring in a quality RB and LW, basically what we need to challenge for a CL place. Utd will finish ahead of us this year, but future is brighter at the lane as all our players are young and half Utd's team will be lucky 2 last another 2 yrs in top flight! Thats a lot of millions to replace!
El Jefe
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01/08/2006 01:19:00

Are you trying to buy the championship? ;-)
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01/08/2006 02:11:00

If buying a player for 2.5mil and then selling him 2 years later for 18.6 mil is buying the championship then yes I guess we are!!! *****! ;)
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01/08/2006 10:32:00

Are you trying to buy the championship? ;-),USA , Thats funny coming from a chelsea fan,*****.
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02/08/2006 12:12:00


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