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West Ham Boss Defends New Signings

At the press conference that was the formal unveiling of Tevez and Mascherano at West Ham United, manager Alan Pardew admitted that he was as intrigued as the rest of the world as to the manner in which Javier Mascherano and Carlos Tevez arrived in Upton Park. "It is intriguing, it's intriguing to me, but to be honest I don't care," Pardew said. "I'm so pleased they're here, so pleased we've got two world-class players at West Ham. And our fans should rejoice; that's my view." Pardew added that he was not familiar with the terms of the deal, but said it was preposterous to suggest that he's required to start the pair in every match. "That will never happen with me, and if it does happen, I won't be here," he said. A lot of the press surrounding the deal has been rather negative, suggesting that the terms of the deal and the financiers behind it are somehow shady. Pardew replied by saying that he looks at their four-year contracts as any manager looks at their player's multi-year contract: as though it really means what it says. Of course, in this day and age, it's standard procedure across the world for clubs to buy players out of their contracts. There is a clause in the contract that says that the players must be sold if an offer comes in for either player at above $67 million, and the lion's share of the profit would go to Kia Joorabchian and his company, Media Sport Investment.

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