Premier League - Irish club in loan bid for Tevez
Thu, 29 Sep 17:02:00 2011
Tevez, who looks set to be thrown out of Manchester City after being officially suspended for two weeks by the club, has struggled to find a club willing to sign him, but has now been offered a life-line by the Londonderry club.
City have suspended Carlos Tevez while they investigate his conduct in their Champions League match at Bayern Munich in which manager Roberto Mancini said the striker had refused to come on as a substitute.
Limavady's vice-chairman David Brewster has reacted to the news by faxing City an official bid to take Tevez on loan for the rest of the season although there was one catch: The team, who play at a 1,500 capacity ground called "The Showgrounds," would expect City to continuing paying Tevez's reported £220,000-a-week wages.
"Pursuant to the well publicised comments of your manager to the effect that Carlos Tevez would not be permitted to play for your club again, may I on behalf of Limavady United FC indicate our willingness to assist you with a difficult problem," Brewster said in the loan bid.
"We would be perfectly willing to take Mr Tevez on loan for the remainder of the season or until transfer, thereby permitting him to play football but without the risk of being cup-tied for the Champions League.
"Limavady United play in the championship in Northern Ireland and our manager would be happy to accommodate Mr Tevez within his squad.
"Naturally, our club would not be in a position to discharge Mr Tevez's wages but I am sure you can see the advantages of keeping him match fit prior to any possible sale."
Manchester City have yet to reply to Limavady despite the Irish club asking for "an early reply to permit us to complete the necessary paperwork with the Irish Football Association if the matter is to proceed."
Limavady would love to have Tevez in their team for their clash against Institute on Saturday. They currently lie in ninth position in the IFA Championship table.
The town of Limavady is perhaps most famous for being the place of origin of the tune the "Londonderry Air" - which was later used as the music for the song "Danny Boy" and indeed the town hosts an annual international Danny Boy Festival.
Tevez suspended by City