Speculation has been swirling that West Ham United co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold could consider selling the club.

West Ham’s troubles this season are well documented.

On and off the pitch the club is in crisis.

But in truth it is a situation that has been brewing for years and simmering tensions which spilled over in 2018 are coming back to the boil.

West Ham fans have been protesting against Sullivan and Gold for a multitude of reasons.

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Angry fans to keep protesting

They are demanding the duo sell the club to owners who can run West Ham more in line with their expectations, ambitions and aspirations.

Another protest is planned next month before the game against Southampton.

So there was a buzz on social media and fans forums over the weekend when speculation started to swirl that the owners could consider selling up.

Claret & Hugh, which regularly claims to have a top level source inside West Ham – believed to be Sullivan himself – published an article titled ‘Will the protests work?’ on Sunday.

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‘If good buyer came in… likely Sullivan would listen’

The C&H article said: “Fan pressure on the board is unquestionably having an effect and if a genuine, good buyer came in it now has to be more than likely David Sullivan would listen.

“The reality is that no club has to be put up for sale – any interested party can bid at any time…only time will tell if that is going to happen.”

Word soon spread on social media and forums.

 

And reliable insider ExWHUemployee took to Twitter to verify the story and C&H’s links to the owners in posts that have since been deleted.

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Website moves to clarify opinion piece

But C&H took exception and pointed out the article was merely an opinion piece and not in any way based on inside information from the West Ham owners.

“Ex: A straightforward read of the piece clearly shows it’s an opinion,” Claret & Hugh responded on Twitter.

“No suggestion of sources or anything else. If people are disappointed I understand but it’s obviously just our thoughts on the situation. Nothing more.

“Nothing has been fed to me. Nothing at all.”

So it seems, for now at least, there is nothing to suggest the owners are actually considering selling up.

Just last week, Gold told talkSPORT he intended to stay at West Ham for the rest of his life.

“I expect to be here for the rest of my life to be honest with you,” Gold told talkSPORT.

“That’s what I want. You never know what’s around the corner but you know this is my life, part of my life.”

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