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Wages are rising and without a doubt clubs are pushing there resources to the maximum some needing to stay up to survive .

But in your opinion which clubs could be in real trouble if things went wrong for them .

Chelsea seem to be losing Abramovichs intrest and West ham and Pompy spent daft putting wages to high .

But what your opinion ?

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Found the article for anyone interested:

Daily Mirror

Could new Carlos Tevez inquiry make West Ham the first big club to go under?

West Ham risk becoming the first Premier League club to go bust after the Tevez Affair blew up AGAIN yesterday.

The cash-strapped Hammers face being hit by a massive fine or even a points deduction by a new inquiry opened jointly by the FA and Premier League.

The dramatic news comes as the Upton Park club fight a £50m compensation claim from Sheffield United over the scandal and Icelandic owner Bjorgolfur Gudmundsson tries to sell the club amid economic meltdown in his home country.

West Ham were fined £5.5m in April 2007 for breaches of Premier League rules over the registration of playing Argentines Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano.

But the new probe will investigate the Upton Park club's actions after this punishment.

Tevez was only allowed to play in the final three games of the season after West Ham had assured the Premier League that the ownership agreements with two third parties had been terminated.

He scored in the final game at Manchester United to keep the club up - and condemn Sheffield United to the Championship.

But an arbitration tribunal last September heard damning new evidence from the lawyer of Tevez's agent Kia Joorabchian, Graham Shear said that there were verbal assurances from West Ham chief executive Scott Duxbury that the third-party agreement remained in place even after the £5.5m.

The new enquiry will now seek to establish whether West Ham knowingly continued to commit the same breach of regulations after confessing their initial guilt.

West Ham only escaped a points deduction in April 2007 because the end of the season was so close and relegation would certainly have followed.

Even though another lengthy court battle is inevitable, a big points penalty could see West Ham relegated and trigger financial meltdown at the club. A huge fine would also endanger West Ham's future and trigger a sell-off of its stars.

West Ham insist there is no proof of any continuation of the third-party agreement over Tevez, who was eventually sold to Manchester United in the summer of 2007.

A club statement said: "West Ham United will co-operate fully with the joint inquiry convened by the FA and Premier League.

"We have acted in good faith throughout the various inquiries and investigations into this matter and fulfilled the undertakings given to the Premier League following the initial penalty.

"We have nothing to hide and will ensure that this is once again reflected in our evidence to the FA and Premier League."
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