PAI Capital has released a brief new statement on its West Ham United takeover plans and laid down the gauntlet to David Sullivan and David Gold over transfers.

Hammers News exclusively interviewed PAI about its intentions after it emerged the firm made a £400m bid for West Ham back in February.

A public war of words has erupted between Sullivan and PAI – chaired by ex QPR CEO Philip Beard.

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Many West Ham fans are sceptical about PAI’s credentials. And Sullivan insists no proof of funds has ever been provided by the company.

But some West Ham supporters believe anyone would be better than Sullivan and Gold.

PAI have the backing of former West Ham stars such as Tony Cottee and Rio Ferdinand – although the latter has said nothing on that front beyond a statement released by PAI attributed to him.

Now PAI has released a new statement on Twitter explaining it will wait until after the transfer window to make a new bid for West Ham.

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And in doing so the firm laid down the gauntlet to Sullivan and Gold over transfers amid what has – thus far – been a quiet window for the Hammers.

“Given the transfer deadline, PAI don’t want to distract the Club’s owners from finalising any transfers before the window closes so we are holding back the bid until next week.

“We see this move in the Club’s best interests, and it does not change our intentions to get our deal done!”

PAI made waves earlier this month when it was announced the company had reached an agreement in principle to take over the London Stadium and stated their intentions to make it better suited to football.

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Sullivan has – according to reports – insisted he will never sell to PAI.

Moyes currently has one senior striker in his squad in the shape of injury prone Michail Antonio.

But the club appear set to spend £25m imminently on the signing of Kurt Zouma from Chelsea to add to the loan arrival of Alphonse Areola earlier in the window.

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