Fresh takeover talk has emerged surrounding West Ham United.
According to a report from The Athletic, American billionaire Joseph DaGrosa is considering switching attention from taking over Southampton to West Ham.
The co-founder of MapleWood Partners is the current Director of Canada Jetlines.
American billionaire linked with West Ham bid
It is suggested that the American billionaire could switch his attention to West Ham if talks with the Saints fail to progress (Athletic).
It is the latest in a long line of takeover rumours to emerge over the last year.
West Ham fans have been protesting – both in person before lockdown and then online – for David Sullivan, David Gold and Karren Brady to leave.
The trio have been acronymed GSB as part of the GSBOUT campaign.
Most of the animosity stems from the club’s move from West Ham’s beloved Upton Park to the London Stadium and broken promises relating to it.
Anti GSB Hammers fans left disappointed after a year of takeover speculation
The list of grievances is long but includes the distance from the stands to the pitch and the club’s failure to make good on pledges to compete with the top clubs in the transfer market as a result of the stadium move.
West Ham fans who have been hoping GSB sell up have been left disappointed so far.
Speculation claiming American businessman and 10% West Ham stakeholder Albert Tripp Smith was seeking new Middle Eastern investment in the club came to nothing last year.
Last April Gold hit out after talk of takeover interest from Red Bull was linked to him (Claret & Hugh).
A report from The Daily Mail later claimed Tripp Smith was putting together a US consortium with a view to buying a controlling interest in the Hammers.
And The Daily Star even reported that a ‘high-powered’ Arab Emirates group was interested in buying West Ham.
Insiders reveal price set by Sullivan and Gold
In the wake of the new DaGrosa rumours, West Ham insiders Claret & Hugh have revealed how much Sullivan and Gold would be willing to sell the club for.
Claret & Hugh have direct links to the duo.
And the site claims they would sell West Ham for half a billion.
“Claret and Hugh understands that West Ham shareholders would want at least £500m to sell and see no reason to discount that valuation in the current climate,” Claret & Hugh state.
“Any serious bidder would need to demonstrate proof of funds before any meaningful negotiations or due diligence could take place.
“If DaGrosa doesn’t want to pay £200m for the Saints it is difficult to believe he would pay £500m for the Hammers.”