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Qatar linked in £1bn takeover of West Ham

goldsullivanpngQatar’s World Cup chief believes that the money-no-object Arab state could move to buy a Premier League club. Hassan Al-Thawadi, leader of the 2022 organising committee, said: ‘I can see it happening down the road. It’s likely. There’s such a passion for football and the Premier League in particular. Everyone on the street has an opinion.’

West Ham remain the most likely sellers according to the Daily Mail — despite the owners’ continuous denials — and the Qatar Investment Authority would not be frightened off by a New York investment bank’s £1billion valuation of West Ham say the tabloid.

David Sullivan and David Gold has repeatedly said they have no desire to sell the club and plan to leave their shares to their children David, Jack, Vanessa and Jacqueline.

Last year Sullivan told Sky Sports “We have zero desire to sell the club unless the king of Saudi Arabia or the Sultan of Brunei come along. We’re not going to sell to an American or Chinese consortium,”

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“We might sell a minority shareholding to clear our debts, but in all probability our kids will take over from us. We love West Ham; we’re not going anywhere.”

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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

9 comments on “Qatar linked in £1bn takeover of West Ham

  1. Looking at the facts since they bought the club it is blatantly obvious that under their ownership we have floundered as a club and bar last season, all credit to Bilic, we have underperformed in the transfer market and on the pitch.

    I for one hope they take the first decent offer for the club and off they will run into the sunset.

    This club has been ripped apart by them and this feels 10 times worse than Terry Brown’s reign..

    At a time when football is a awash with money we still end up with loanes and panic buys. We’ve been taken for a ride, and don’t give me they saved us etc, we are a massive club with unbelievable support and given the right people at the top who engage the fans and not the customer, Man City for example, we will flourish of that i am sure

    • on the other hand the owners have in fact saved us and under them we have progressed year on year with some fantastic work in the transfer market, which is unprecedented for our club.
      Oh but we did move from the Boleyn ground so I suppose that is worth winging about.
      And of course we have owners who have been supporters longer than our winging minority, which is always the best situation. Most foreign investors have no connection whatever, also no respect for traditional supporters.

  2. That’s why I mentioned someone similar to Man City’s owners…they had no connection but respect their supporters…the ground is a joke with netting taking up most of the seating..it’s disjointed, a rush job and no regard to us whatsoever

    • Not sure where to start Mara, you think the new Stadium is a joke and team or at least the new signings for all but one year are cr@p ? Who were we supposed to sign that was available for a team in our position, we tried for Lacazette so did the gooners and a host of other clubs his chairman wasted everyones time and no one bought him. Bacca never wanted to leave Milan for us despite the chairmen trying every which way to buy him, Jannsen went to the Spuds for CL football and Batshuayi who always looked average went to Chelski for more wages and it is a relief he did because he is useless. We got Zaza and Callieri one of which may come good, we also bought Fletcher and Martinez for the future although Fletcher looks like he could step up and do a job and we bought Ayew, Feghouli who is rated as his county’s player of the year ahead of Riyad Mahrez, we also bought Masuaku who looks good competition for Cresswell and Nordveidt who is a utility player as for Tore possibly the only one of the signings we can write off and probably will in January… Can’t you just accept it should take time to get to the destination and it will arrive when we are ready ? It’s all well and good thinking about the success stories of these takeovers but there are as many that turn out badly as turn out well and throwing money at a problem isn’t always a solution, we have lived off scraps as supporters most if not all of our lives waiting a little longer is ok for me anyway 😀

  3. So Mara
    Exactly, which striker would you have guaranteed would have come to us last time round given we did not have CL competition?
    By all accounts the Daves tried very hard to convince one of these guys to come but to no avail.
    What would you have them do? We all want to think that we can go out and get the best but taking a reality check we have to learn to walk before we run.
    It cannot be said that the Co Owners do not have the club’s best interests at heart. We haven’t floundered since their watch and things are getting better in that we can even think of spending millions on players when there were such large debts to resolve from previous administrations.
    Yes this year is proving difficult, but if anyone really thought after last year’s fantastic ride that we were entirely ready for a European trip then they were kidding themselves.
    We need a few years of getting better and cups and top eight finishes would be a great improvement to where we have been.
    Having been a supporter for many years I am happy to think that we have every chance of getting better and better but it is not an instant fix!
    Remember our song – there are ups and downs but that is part and parcel of being a Hammer

  4. Mara
    I think you have a selective memory. Didn’t O’Neill pull out as it was prematurely revealed?
    Yes Grant was a joke but he apparently came with good credentials at the time.
    Nothing you have spoken about equates to the Dave’s not caring.

    Remember we were a selling club once just to get some money in, we HAVE moved on and we WILL get better and better.
    Keep the faith

  5. I agree with Mara in one area and that is that our transfers, especially this season under the Daves have been more Miss than hit. I don’t see any of those bought in the summer as being good enough and we have suffered as a result. How is it other clubs of our stature have bought better, the likes of Southampton, Stoke, why would Cabaye choose Palace over West Ham? The transfer area is one where I do believe we have failed on the whole and this predeliction towards loanees is a false economy for me.

    • Cabaye went their last season, we had just got Bilic the press were threatening doom and gloom for us as Sam was let go, he also knew Pardew would play him in his favoured position, it is much too early to say whether the players are hit and miss. I just read an article by Winston Reid where he says correctly in my opinion that the players are to blame because all the fans have not seen the team from last year this season, the players have not played to their levels and that is why we are in 17th. He has stepped up and hopefully the rest of the team will COYI!!!

  6. The Swedish guy Magnuson left us bang in trouble with crazy wages for players when he went bust. Huge Kudos for the David’s for stabilizing the finances and getting the club into the olympic with 60 thousand behind them. With the money they are generating now it can only mean good times ahead. And if they did sell out then the Arabs will come and pump in huge chinks for top players.

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