Date: 31st July 2006 at 11:19am
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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.’