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West Ham takeover: The truth

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New rumours that Qatar could make a takeover bid for West Ham have been recycled again after Sheikh Jassim withdrew from his attempts to buy Manchester United from the Glazer family and remain untrue.

They started  seven years when the Daily Mail chose to run the first one billion bid rumour report. In 2019, the Daily Telegraph repeated the claims, but  there has never been any official approach or bid from Qatar.

Speculation has been fuelled by the Qatari buying up property around the London Stadium, but in reality, they invest in property across London.

Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al Thani, the chairman of one of Qatar’s biggest banks, is said to be ready to turn his attention to another Premier League club, but there are many candidates, and West Ham is unlikely to be the first choice after Manchester United.

There is no substance to the claims at present and certainly no approach to the club itself.

By Sean Whetstone

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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