Blades seek Hammers damages

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From the BBC News Desk

Sheffield United want compensation from West Ham to cover the cost of their relegation from the Premier League.

The Blades went down after the League's independent panel decided not to dock the Hammers points over the signing of Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano.

United have estimated the cost of their relegation at between £30m-£50m.

West Ham say they have received a letter from Sheffield United and are considering their response.

The Yorkshire outfit are seeking West Ham's agreement to go to arbitration through the Football Association in order to settle their claim.

A Blades spokesman said: "After consideration and discussion with our legal advisers Sheffield United are today initiating legal proceedings against West Ham United.

"We are seeking substantial compensation for our relegation from the Premier League.

"This action is distinct from the arbitration proceedings between the club and the Premier League during the close season.

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