Joseph DaGrosa opened up on his thinking about potentially buying a Premier League football club amidst links with a takeover at West Ham, when speaking exclusively to Off The Pitch.
The Athletic claimed last week that the American billionaire is considering switching attention from taking over Southampton to the Hammers.
The 56-year-old is the co-founder of MapleWood Partners and is the current Director of Canada Jetlines. He is also the current owner of Ligue 1 outfit Bordeaux.
DaGrosa’s Kapital Football Group has told Southampton’s majority owner Gao Jisheng to lower his price for the club, according to a report from the Athletic.
It is suggested that the American billionaire could switch his attention to West Ham if talks with the Saints fail to progress (Athletic).
The Hammers’ current owners David Gold and David Sullivan have been in charge at the London Stadium and previously Upton Park since 2010.
Despite steadying the ship at West Ham initially, the club has failed to make any real progress of note. And tensions between the owners and the fans have reached boiling point over the past few years.
Whether DaGrosa would be a more ambitious owner than Sullivan and Gold is unclear. A change is clearly needed at West Ham, however.
Joseph DaGrosa breaks silence after West Ham links
The Hammers fans are desperate for someone with a real desire to take the club forward to step in and takeover from GSB.
DaGrosa told Off The Pitch how he could make it happen today if he wanted to:
“If we wanted to write a cheque for what sellers are looking for right now, we could close a deal today if we wanted to. That’s not the issue at all. We pride ourselves on being disciplined investors. We’re not looking for a fire sale price on clubs. Logic would suggest we would want to get a deal done, and the seller would want to get a deal done, prior to going into the summer trading window because that radically affects the finances of clubs one way or the other. For a clean break and a clean start certainly a deal needs to be done before the summer transfer window. Hopefully, we will get something across the goal line.”
It is clear that DaGrosa has intentions to make waves in England by taking over a Premier League club.
His time in football ownership hasn’t all been rosy, however. The Bordeaux fans have been protesting his running of the club for quite some time now (Yahoo).
So maybe the grass isn’t greener in this particular instance as far as West Ham is concerned.
At the end of the day though, there is only one way to find out.