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US billionaire linked to Irons bid – immediately denied

West Ham tonight claim to have heard nothing about a possible approach from an American billionaire to by the club from David Gold and David Sullivan.

Paul Allen, 65, has been estimated to be the 46th-richest person in the world, with an estimated net worth of $21.1 billion.

He is co founder of Microsoft and owner of the Seattle Seahawks, MLS outfit Seattle Sounders and NBA team Portland Trail Blazers as part of his privately held company Vulcan Inc.

The story published in West Ham World points out that during their 2016 pre-season tour in West Ham visited Seattle and trained at the Seahawk’s VMAC training complex.

The Hammers lost 3-0 to Seattle Sounders at CenturyLink Field during that tour and that according to the story “it appears Allen declared some interest in the East London team when they had their first season in the London Stadium.”

It adds that London Mayor Sadiq Khan is trying to recoup the money spent on London Stadium from the 2012 Olympics and conversion costs by welcoming offers from oversees to boost the NFL franchise in London.

Khan had a helping hand in the bid for Wembley Stadium from Fulham and Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shahid Kahn and it is believed he is helping to sell The Hammers on behalf of the club.

However, the story was immediately denied by the Hammers where a highly placed source poured cold water over it saying: “There have been no approaches from Paul Allen or anybody else and there is no question of this football club being on the market. Quite simply the  CLUB IS NOT FOR SALE.”

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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!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

6 comments on “US billionaire linked to Irons bid – immediately denied

  1. He’s changed a fair bit since the 1980 Cup Final…..

  2. We can only pray !!

  3. Not for sale eh then spend the sky money and the season tickets and sponsors if not then go we have had enough of you three oh and take moyes with you. Hoping praying you go

  4. Crazy!
    The reason that the Dildo brothers won’t sell before 2023, is all tied up with the 200,000 pounds they would have to pay before that date.
    Someone like Paul Allen, would surely expand on the paltry transfer kitty that our recent/present managers have been promised (~65,000-80,000 million ). Sadly we need something like 200-250 million to bring in the 6-8 quality players than can move our club forward.

  5. Most likeley absolute BS designed to generate hits to the website publishing the ‘story’, but I for one live in hope that someone, almost ANYONE, will stump up the readies and rid us of the 3 parasites.
    Also, didn’t our cuddly Cossack state not that long ago that should an offer come in from a billionaire Arab prince they’d listen? Or was that more BS?

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