There is interest in West Ham United from China as well as the US and co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold could accept a bid within three weeks.
That’s according to 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 making headlines
Earlier this 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.
But 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.
Self-styled ‘secret agent’ makes new West Ham takeover claims
Well 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.
“Further interest in West Ham since owners have made it clear they will sell,” Secret Agent ITK said on Twitter.
“Two Chinese parties, Americans to bid again imminently.
“(A) West Ham legend (is) helping to negotiate the deals and will take board seat. Offer accepted in the next two/three weeks.
“Club to have new owners this year.”
Further interest in #WHUFC since owners have made it clear they will sell.
* 2 Chinese parties.
* Americans to bid again imminently.
* WH legend helping to negotiate the deals and will take board seat.
* Offer accepted in the next 2/3 wks.
* Club to have new owners this year.
— SecretAgent (@itk_secretagent) September 16, 2020
US bidder had £400m offer knocked back last month – report
According to The Guardian, the mystery US bidder had a second offer of £400m turned down last month.
“It is understood the would-be buyers, who are involved in US sport, were not disheartened after failing with an opening offer of £350m at the start of August. The group remain interested in buying West Ham, who are owned by David Gold and David Sullivan, and have made their intentions clear by returning with a higher offer,” The Guardian reports.
“The bidders have entered a cooling-off period and plan to monitor developments before making a fresh bid in the next month. A source has told the Guardian that the group has drafted a seven-year business plan to improve the club’s finances. West Ham, who pay £2.5m a year to rent their ground, made a pre-tax loss of £28.8m in the last financial year and have encountered difficulties because of Covid-19.”
Interesting times ahead for West Ham.
But then again there is never a dull moment is there?