Newcastle United are on the verge of being taken over by a Saudi-backed consortium in what is believed to be a £300 million deal (BBC). Meanwhile, West Ham fans are looking on with envy, wondering when their chance will come to join the European elite.

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The Magpies have all the makings of a true super-power if the takeover does go through.

They have a massive and loyal following and a 52,400 capacity stadium.

Much like the Hammers in fact.

But Newcastle seem to be heading in a very exciting direction, whilst the same cannot be said for West Ham.

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David Gold and David Sullivan (Photo by Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United FC via Getty Images)

Is David Sullivan the problem?

West Ham fans have been growing more and more disgruntled with co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold and vice-chairman Karren Brady in recent years.

And Sullivan might just be the main reason why the Saudi-backed consortium chose to move ahead in their attempts to buy Newcastle rather than the Hammers.

The 71-year-old values the Hammers at a quite extortionate £600 million, according to a report from the Daily Mail.

 

That’s twice as much as Newcastle’s current owner Mike Ashley reportedly wants for the Tyneside club.

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Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

£600 million? It’s just fantasy

And it’s easy to see why the Toon would be viewed as a better buy than West Ham, considering the difference in price.

There is also the added factor that the Hammers do not actually own their own stadium. Added to that, their Rush Green training facilities really aren’t up to a Premier League standard.

Quite where Sullivan has come up with the £600 million valuation of West Ham is anyone’s guess.

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David Sullivan with David Gold (Photo by Charlotte Wilson/Offside/Getty Images)

Will West Ham’s time ever come?

The Hammers risk being left even further behind, as the big six look set to become the big seven.

Newcastle fans will be buzzing. Meanwhile, the West Ham fans will be fairly non-plussed about things.

Will the Hammers ever join the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea and now perhaps Newcastle by having new ownership?

That will very much depend on whether David Sullivan drastically reduces his asking price for the club.

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