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Is world's biggest talent agency behind US takeover bid for West Ham as insider drops hint
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Is world's biggest talent agency behind US takeover bid for West Ham as insider drops hint

West Ham United are the subject of increasing takeover interest according to widespread reports.

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The Guardian claims West Ham co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold rejected two bids for the club last month, the latest worth £400 million.

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.

Hammers fans are understandably excited by the takeover speculation. But they are also sceptical.

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Insider close to owners hints world-leading agency boss is behind US bid

Claret & Hugh’s Sean Whetstone, who has links to co-owners Sullivan and Gold, suggested US billionaire Todd Boehly might be the man behind the reported takeover bid.

But he has since ruled him out in a new post on Twitter, hinting instead that Richard Lovett is the man.

In his post Whetstone claims the US interest is not coming from Las Vegas Raiders owner Mark Davis, former Bordeaux owner Joseph DaGrosa or Boehly – saying ‘nope’ next to a picture of each.

But next to a picture of Lovett Whetstone posted a question mark.

Lovett is the president of of the world’s biggest talent agent – Creative Artists Agency – which has a net worth said to top £10 billion.

According to Variety, CAA is the top draw for the who’s who of Hollywood.

The CAA talent agency head offices in California. Photo by AaronP Bauer-Griffin GC Images

CAA represents Ronaldo, Mourinho and many more

“While CAA continues to wheel and deal for some of the industry’s biggest names, Lovett has also steered it into the sports world, making the firm one of the few entertainment agencies to compete in that arena. He was instrumental in growing the agency globally by developing the relationship with CMC Capital Partners that launched CAA China in 2017.”

A look at CAA’s “soccer” arm and the potential benefits to West Ham in terms of future transfers and managers are striking.

CAA soccer represents many of the world’s leading players, managers, coaches, and teams. CAA recently bought the Base Soccer Agency, a leading international football firm.

CAA’s client list is stellar and includes arguably the world’s greatest player, Cristiano Ronaldo.

Also on the list are Jose Mourinho, James Rodriguez and David De Gea to name but a few.

Lovett is just the president, though. Michael Steven Ovitz is the owner of CAA. And his net worth is said to be £500 million – half that of current owner Sullivan and around the same as Gold.

It comes as the mystery figure who calls himself the ‘secret agent itk’ made new claims about West Ham’s takeover situation yesterday.

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Mystery ‘agent’ claims Sullivan and Gold will accept bid in within three weeks

The secret agent’s claims have proved unerringly accurate so far.

His initial claims of an offer from the US have emerged in the likes of The Guardian this week, just as he predicted they would do.

The secret agent stated two weeks ago that there had been a bid that hadn’t met Sullivan and Gold’s valuation. And he even said the owners would be put under pressure when it hit the press in two weeks – see full story here.

now the same ‘secret agent’ has made a new claim that there are two Chinese parties interested.

Speaking on Twitter, Secret Agent ITK also claimed the interested US bidder will make another offer imminently. He added that a West Ham legend is helping to negotiate and will get a seat on the new board.

And perhaps most excitingly for West Ham fans, he said that Sullivan and Gold will accept an offer within two to three weeks.

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