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West Ham revive Olympic bid

West Ham United are back in the hunt for the Olympic Stadium. The East London club had expected to move in after the Olympics but objections from rivals Tottenham Hotspur and Leyton Orient prevented that happening. Now they have applied to the Olympic Park Legacy Company for a lease on the stadium.

The club issued a statement saying that "vice-chairman Karren Brady has confirmed the club's intention to submit a bid to be the anchor user of the Olympic Stadium post-Games in line with the OPLC deadline".

Brady made it clear that the club expects the Olympic arena to be suitable for use as a football ground. "We have not taken this decision lightly," she said, "and I should be clear that any move to the stadium is conditional on the fact that it must provide an arena that is fit for world-class football and feels like home to our deserving fans."

The statement may be greeted by hollow laughter from fans of West Ham and other clubs. Using the phrase "world-class football" in connection with Sam Allardyce’s rather limited Championship team is premature if not fantasy, but perhaps that's why they need a 99 year lease.

The club’s owners, David Gold and David Sullivan, are determined to instal West Ham at the Olympic stadium. They issued a statement of their own: "As we have always said, we remain committed to this magnificent stadium and provided we are able to offer a world-class stadium for football for our prolific, loyal and passionate supporters we believe there is nobody better placed to help deliver the legacy for the East End community than us."

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