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£80m compensation due if club was sold for £600m

Yesterday’s Daily Mail non-story about West Ham being available for sale has raised fresh questions about the financial penalties the owners would face if the club was sold before 2023 and whether they plan to buy the London Stadium before that date.

Suggestions that the club is up for sale at £600m were described as ‘complete nonsense’ by one senior club insider yesterday but it is true that the owners would need to pay out compensation if the club as sold before 2023.

Should the club be sold to say he King of Saudi Arabia before 2023 for £600m then the owners would need to hand over just under £80m to the stadium owners. There is no compensation on the first £125m,  £1.875m compensation on the next £25m, £5m on the next £50m, and £12.5m on the next £100m, anything above £300m attracts a further 20% compensation so at a £600m sale it would a further £60m.

As for the club buying the London Stadium before 2023, while the stadium is experiencing losses as high as £30m per year there is almost zero chance of the club taking over ownership of the stadium unless a heavy government subsidy was provided with it. Even with naming rights and without athletics the stadium would lose £20m with the current long term contracts in place.

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About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

3 comments on “£80m compensation due if club was sold for £600m

  1. Was the rumour the Saudis? That’s just what we need, to be sold out to a dodgy regime with a hideous human rights record. I’m not against a mega bucks takeover, but not the Saudis thanks very much.

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