West Ham United co-owner David Sullivan is being linked with a takeover bid for Serie A side Hellas Verona.
According to several Italian outlets including L’Arena Sullivan took a two-day visit to Verona over the summer.
The purpose of the reported visit was with a view to taking over the club as they look to land the new Arena Stadium.
According to L’Arena Sullivan spoke positively when questioned during his visit.
‘As passionate as the English fans’
“Verona is a beautiful city and the fans of Hellas are as hot and passionate as the English,” L’Arena reports.
The similarities will not be lost on West Ham fans in this instance. Sullivan and Gold got hold of the Hammers as the club were jostling to bid for the right to take over the Olympic Stadium.
Sullivan has used his wealth to become something of a property magnate so the Verona project fits the profile.
First Bolton now Hellas Verona
It comes a month to the day that Sullivan handed £25million to the man trying to launch an unwelcome takeover bid for Bolton Wanderers.
Speaking on The Jim White Show on talkSPORT in on July 12th, Laurence Bassini made the revelation.
Hellas currently play in the 40,000 seater Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi in Verona which features a running track.
There have been plans to renovate the ground by upgrading the changing rooms, changing the entrance tunnel, expanding the roof and – perhaps most interestingly for West Ham fans – removing the athletics track and modifying the seating and external look of the ground.
Verona stadium project behind Sullivan interest?
That project has been in limbo. And the suggestion in Italy is Sullivan wants to takeover Hellas Verona and revive the plans.
Whether Sullivan’s alleged bid for the newly-promoted Serie A side – coupled with his involvement in the Bolton bid – means he is plotting to leave West Ham remains unclear.
Issues would only arise if West Ham and Hellas were competing in Europe together.
That looks unlikely anytime soon.
The fiercely competitive nature of the Premier League makes progression tough for West Ham.
As does the fact Sullivan and fellow co-owner David Gold failed to back Manuel Pellegrini with sufficient funds to significantly improve his squad this summer, particularly in defensive areas.