If West Ham United fans were not sold on the idea of a takeover already they will be now.
According to a report from the Guardian, an American consortium are set to step up their interest in taking over West Ham after they saw their £350 million bid rejected for the club last month.
West Ham fans – and players – are unhappy with co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold and a lack of investment.
The duo have been pleading poverty due to the global health crisis.
West Ham left behind with transfer spending set to top £1bn
But West Ham are the only Premier League club not to have brought in a new face this summer.
And their rivals have made a mockery of Sullivan and Gold’s claims, taking spending near the £1bn mark.
West Ham fans and former players such as Trevor Sinclair have urged Sullivan and Gold to sell the club to owners with more financial wherewithal and ambition.
The Hammers faithful are desperate for new owners to take over and invest in the club.
And the Guardian claims that that could be a very real possibility. It claims the American consortium are involved in US sport. And that they lodged a £350 million bid for West Ham last month.
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But perhaps most exciting of all the claims doing the rounds at the moment is that the prospective owners reportedly share West Ham fans’s disdain for the London Stadium and want to move the club to a new purpose-built ground within two years of taking over.
According to respected West Ham website KUMB, the bidders have already investigated the possibility and aim to build a new stadium with a similar capacity to Stratford.
“While many supporters would welcome a takeover, with the relationship between the current owners, vice chair Karren Brady and the fanbase having become increasingly toxic, West Ham’s tenancy of the London Olympic Stadium was viewed to be an insurmountable problem,” KUMB reports.
‘Similar capacity within 24 months of takeover’
“Yet KUMB understand the bidders, who are already involved in the world of sport, share fans’ dislike of the London Olympic Stadium and have already investigated the possibility of building a new, purpose-built stadium for the club within 24 months of a takeover with a similar capacity to Stratford.”
That prospect will have West Ham fans in dreamland.
The move from West Ham’s beloved Upton Park to the former Olympic Stadium has been a disaster. It sits at the very heart of the resentment between fans and the owners.
And even the slightest bump in the road brings those raw emotions fizzing back to the surface.
But it now seems there could be some light at the end of a very dark tunnel.