West Ham did not receive a former takeover bid this week, according to ExWHUemployee…
Reports had emerged suggesting that a group of investors had made an attempt to purchase the East London outfit in a bid worth over £400m, as per the Daily Mail.
It was claimed that the prospective owners wanted to hand Irons boss David Moyes a significant transfer budget, whilst also transforming the London Stadium and the surrounding areas, though it’s said that majority shareholder David Sullivan rejected the offer.
However, in a new update, the anonymous but very reliable ExWHUemployee played down such claims. He tweeted:
“The talk from their end was that they would make a serious offer but at this point they haven’t. There has been no formal bid. So they will have to prove their credibility soon. They have had 5 months to do so and haven’t yet but I guess time will tell.”
The Hammers faithful have had a very interesting relationship with the club’s owners over the years but you would imagine that the majority would love to see new ownership.
Back in February 2020, supporters staged a protest march against Sullivan, David Gold and Karen Brady before a game against Southampton, whilst some fans had banners a week earlier, saying “Run like a circus – Owned by clowns” and “GSB out – Sold a dream, delivered a nightmare.”
And just months later, some protested following the sale of promising academy star Grady Diangana to West Brom. “Now more than ever, the voices of our members and all West Ham fans must be heard,” claimed Stephen Cross at leading supporter organisation Hammers United.
That made it clear that it wasn’t just about their dismal campaign, in which they avoided relegation with one game to spare.
It’s evident that not much has changed over a year on, as seen by their reaction to one of Ex’s recent transfer updates, where some of the London Stadium fanbase have been left frustrated by a lack of activity off the pitch – as relayed by the Transfer Tavern.
Therefore, you could argue that a lot of supporters in East London will be pretty upset and angry by this latest claim as it means GSB will remain in charge for the time being.
That is very unlikely to change with the new season less than a month away, so Gold and Sullivan are likely to be around for a while yet.