West Ham United’s deadline day clearing of the decks was linked to an imminent takeover according to a new claim.
But insiders close to hugely unpopular co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold have poured cold water on the fresh takeover talk.
The latest claim about an impending West Ham takeover comes from a mystery figure who calls himself the ‘secret agent itk’.
The name will be familiar to West Ham fans who have been following speculation that a takeover could be on the cards in east London (The Guardian).
West Ham takeover talk re-emerges
Last month YouTube star and West Ham fan Spencer Owen hosted the anonymous guest dubbed ‘the secret agent’ on his live stream.
It was the latest in a long line of West Ham takeover speculation over the past year.
Takeover talk has gone quiet since. Many West Ham fans believe it is an attempt to build up a social media following or seek attention.
‘Price agreed’ in Hammers takeover deal claims mystery ‘secret agent’
Others are so desperate for it to be true they don’t care.
Now the Secret Agent ITK has been at it again. He claims West Ham co-owners Sullivan and Gold have agreed a price in principle for the sale of the club to an American bidder.
Again he claims the deal will be done within the next two and a half months, before the year is out.
He says the shedding of nine players over the summer window was to reduce running costs for a higher valuation price in the takeover deal.
And extraordinarily he says Gold personally fronted the £5million to sign right-back Vladimir Coufal.
“Update on West Ham,” Secret Agent said on Twitter.
“Price agreed in principle with (American bidder). Buyers concluding local business first before proceeding. Deal to be finalised before year end.
“Transfer window activity to reduce running costs for higher valuation. DG personally paid for Coufal.”
Update on #whufc Price agreed in principle with 🇺🇸. Buyers concluding local business first before proceeding. Deal to be finalised before year end.Transfer window activity to reduce running costs for higher valuation. DG personally paid for Coufal.
— SecretAgent (@itk_secretagent) October 6, 2020
Insiders close to owners refute new takeover claims
But insiders Claret & Hugh – who have direct links to Sullivan and Gold – have refuted the claims.
The site, run by Hugh Southon and Sean Whetstone, says the new takeover talk should be taken with a pinch of salt.
“The latest claims appear to be a tad far fetched and without substance,” Whetstone wrote on Claret & Hugh in direct response to Secret Agent’s claims.
“A corporate lawyer previously speaking to Claret and Hugh explained initial approaches are usually made by corporate financiers to sound out shareholders…
“He said that it’s highly likely that ‘feeler’ offers will have been put out, in an effort to gauge what figures the club would accept. It also would only be sent to major shareholder and not all shareholders at this point adding that a West Ham takeover would be a long was a long way off.
“On that basis, we should probably take all the West Ham takeover with a large pinch of salt.”