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Have West Ham missed their big chance as Qatari royal family is linked with £480million takeover elsewhere
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Have West Ham missed their big chance as Qatari royal family is linked with £480million takeover elsewhere

West Ham United fans are desperate to see the club taken over by ambitious owners.

But have the Hammers missed their big chance?

Rumours have been circulating around West Ham for years that the Qatari Royal family were interested in buying the club AND the London Stadium.

The speculation has existed way back to when West Ham won the bid to be anchor tenants at the former Olympic Stadium.

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West Ham fans dreaming of ambitious owners

West Ham fans have dreamed of a brighter future under the mega rich owners. Not only that. They also fantasise about the potential to redevelop their new home and make it resemble a football stadium rather than an athletics bowl.

Three years ago in 2016, The Daily Mail suggested West Ham had been a target of a Qatari takeover.

At the time the now elusive David Sullivan was doing what seemed like an interview a week. And he told Sky Sports “We might sell a minority shareholding to clear our debts, but in all probability, our kids will take over from us. We love West Ham; we’re not going anywhere.”

But back in April this year a report in the Daily Telegraph claimed the Qatari Royal family were once again looking at the possibility of buying an English club, which increased speculation West Ham was a target.

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Qatari rulers long-linked with Hammers bid

Last month The Daily Mail claimed Sullivan would consider selling West Ham, but only for his £600million asking price. That is despite the fact the club has very few assets by virtue of not owning its own ground and having a limited number of players of any real transfer value.

Now it seems Hammers fans’ dreams are about to fade and die once again.

Because the Qatari Royal family appear to have moved on after submitting a £480million bid to buy Serie A side Napoli instead (Daily Mail and Football Italia).

The Al-Thanis are the ruling family of Qatar. They also own French giants PSG through Oryx Qatar Sports Investments.

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West Ham miss big chance as Qataris turn attentions to Napoli

The family have reportedly offered to buy Napoli. It comes as current owner Aurelio De Laurentiis is said to have “lost interest” in the club.

De Laurentiis is reportedly likelier to sell Napoli than Bari, whom he only took over in the summer of 2018.

And that would surely kill any hopes West Ham have of finally getting their day in the sun under wealthy, ambitious owners.

Perhaps the move might prompt Sullivan and Gold to rethink their valuation. After all the duo are not getting any younger. And the chance to make a healthy profit as their 10-year anniversary nears in January could prove tempting.

If not West Ham are stuck with what they have for the foreseeable future.