Former England international Rob Lee, while speaking exclusively with Football FanCast editor James Beavis, has claimed David Gold and David Sullivan are open to selling West Ham United.
The Irons currently sit eighth in the Premier League standings after a fine start to the season under David Moyes, who has orchestrated five wins and taken two draws in the opening 11 fixtures.
West Ham have held their own against Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City, Liverpool and beat Leicester City, while a win at Leeds United on Friday night can take the London Stadium natives up to fifth.
Reports by The Athletic have suggested West Ham’s co-owners Gold and Sullivan are actively open to offers for the east London side, no matter how much the pair strive to play down the speculation with talkSPORT claiming a senior figure was denying any real interest.
Lee, who spent a year at Upton Park between 2003 and 2004, feels that if the right price comes along, Gold and Sullivan would grab the chance to offload the Irons having realised what it will take to compete in the Premier League.
“If they get the right offer, they get the right money coming, I think they would leave, without a doubt,” Lee told Football FanCast.
“They’ve been there quite a few years, they have realised that in order for a club in the Premier League to stay with other clubs, you have to spend a lot of money.
“Whether they’ve got that money or whether they want to spend that money, I’m not sure. So, if somebody came in for the right price, I think they would sell.”
It has been claimed by The Sun that West Ham were braced for a £350million offer to sell the club to an elusive American consortium in September, who vowed to keep battling for sole control of the London Stadium outfit.
The financiers are said to have experience of large-scale operations across the pond and sought to reshape the Hammers for the future, and based their offer on the £300m Mike Ashley is thought to value Newcastle United at.
Interest first came to the surface days after Moyes secured West Ham’s Premier League survival in the summer, before Gold and Sullivan sanctioned the permanent signings of Tomas Soucek and Vladimir Coufal plus loan deals for Said Benrahma and Craig Dawson.
Benrahma is yet to start a game for West Ham, who hold a £20m obligation to buy the Algerian at the end of the season, while Dawson is yet to feature in any of Moyes’ matchday squads across all competitions.