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West Ham takeover: ExWHUemployee drops PAI Capital claim

West Ham United’s hierarchy are likely to receive another takeover bid in the near future…

What’s the word?

That’s according to the ever-reliable ExWHUemployee, who dropped a fresh claim on PAI Capital’s attempts to purchase the east London outfit to supporters on his Patreon page, ‘The West Ham Way’, earlier this week.

“In other news apparently PAI Capital plan to submit another bid soon,” he said. “The club still deny they received a legitimate first offer so time will tell.”

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The consortium, who have the backing of Azerbaijani millionaire Nasib Piriyev as well as club legend Tony Cottee and both the Ferdinand brothers, saw a £400m offer rejected last month, with the Irons’ majority shareholder and co-owner David Sullivan deeming them to be property developers rather than those with a genuine interest in football.

However, PAI Capital recently announced that they had reached an agreement with the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) to take control of the London Stadium should they successfully pull off a takeover.

Fans surely buzzing

This latest development should leave much of the West Ham faithful absolutely delighted as it shows that their prospective owners are not giving up anytime soon.

The relationship between the London Stadium fanbase and the club’s board has been raucous for quite some time and that much is evident in the fact that supporters group Hammers United still plan to protest against GSB before next month’s Premier League clash with Manchester United, despite the team sitting top of the table right now.

It’s not the first time that the fans have publicly shown their frustrations against the ownership either.

When the Irons were looking a likely relegation candidate during the 2019/20 season, there were anti-board banners unfurled in matches against Liverpool and Everton. One read: “Run like a circus – Owned by clowns”, whilst another said: “GSB out – Sold a dream, delivered a nightmare.”

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David Moyes managed to pull off the unthinkable to steer them clear with one game to spare but the supporters were still angry with the top dogs in charge.

That summer, they sold promising academy gem Grady Diangana to West Brom, even though he was tied down to a six-year deal, and this caused further protests outside the ground.

It’s clear that many around the London Stadium would welcome new ownership, so if Ex’s claim rings true, they will be buzzing as PAI Capital will be trying to force Sullivan’s hand into a sale for a second time.

Whether it’s successful or not remains to be seen but this update is an exciting glimmer of hope.

AND in other news, West Ham eye £26m-rated “beast” as priority target, Moyes badly needs him

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