WEST HAM SEEK DEAL WITH AEG TO REALISE OLYMPIC STADIUM DREAM

West Ham United Football Club are reportedly holding talks with entertainment giant AEG about possible a joint bid to run the Olympic Stadium after the 2012 London Games.

The Hammers have been constantly linked to the new stadium over recent months, which is still under construction.

However previous attempts of any kind of deal have broken down following legislation which dictates that the stadium must be used for athletics.

The athletics track is a non-negotiable element of any redevelopment and has become a major stumbling block for future investors.

"We don't want a white elephant,” said a West Ham United spokesman.

“London wants the greatest Games and we want to help it provide the greatest legacy and create this centre of sport, education and culture that everyone is proud of and makes the best use of taxpayers' money.”

There are a number of high profile interested parties including rugby teams London Wasps and Saracens, three County Cricket Clubs, Leyton Orient Football Club and even a rumoured NFL Franchise in London.

The stadium is expected to be completed next year and cost a total of £489 million to build.

Posted on 12/05/2010