West Ham United have been the subject of renewed takeover speculation this week.

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West Ham are certainly making plenty of headlines at the moment.

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. The list of grievances is long. But at the moment chief among them is a lack of investment.

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Excitement and scepticism at takeover talk

Hammers fans are understandably excited by the takeover speculation.

Particularly after respected  West Ham website KUMB claimed the mystery bidders have already investigated the possibility of building a new purpose-built stadium should they be successful.

There is a fair amount of scepticism too given there are not details of exactly who is supposedly interested in buying the club.

But has an insider with close links to Sullivan and Gold dropped a hint that it is American billionaire Todd Boehly?

Claret & Hugh’s Sean Whetstone, who has links to co-owners Sullivan and Gold, responded to a West Ham fan asking whether Boehly was the man behind the reported takeover bid.

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Insider hints US billionaire Boehly is behind reported takeover bid

And he stoked intrigue by responding with a gif saying ‘Maybe’. Whetstone then appeared to deny the interested party is the rumoured Joseph DaGrosa by responding with a gif saying ‘Nah’.

It is not the first time Whetstone has suggested Boehly could be interested in West Ham.

Back in February, he posted about the billionaire on Twitter describing him as an ‘interesting guy’

 

“US Billionaire Todd Boehly is an interesting guy who has admitted he is interested in possibly buying a Premier League team,” Whetstone said seven months ago.

“He is worth around £4.7bn, owns 20% of the LA Dodgers, CEO is of Eldridge Industries, a private investment firm and former president of Guggenheim Partners.”

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Philanthropist studied economics in London

Interestingly Boehly studied at the London School of Economics.

It is highly unlikely any takeover will happen in time for West Ham to make use of potential investment for transfers before the window shuts on October 5th.

So Sullivan and Gold simply must back Moyes with some signings. Otherwise they face the very real possibility of a relegation dogfight.

And this time, in a fiercely competitive Premier League, they might not scrape survival one game before the season ends.

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