West Ham United will not be sold to US billionaire Paul Allen, according to fansite Claret & Hugh.
The rumour surrounding the tycoon’s interest first surfaced on West Ham World but it appears there is little truth in the matter, with the hierarchy insisting that the club is not for sale.
Allen, the co-founder of computer giant Microsoft, already owns a number of sports teams, including the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks, MLS outfit Seattle Sounders, and NBA side Portland Trail Blazers.
From the swift response, however, it seems he will not be adding West Ham to his portfolio in the near future.
In a pre-season tour of 2016, the Hammers visited Seattle and trained at the Sounders’ base, which is thought to be where this story first surfaced.
Whilst Allen’s supposed interest in buying the Irons always seemed far-fetched, it would likely have received some backing from supporters, who are growing increasingly disillusioned with the direction of the club under the current board.
Protests against the ownership of David Sullivan and David Gold took place in the recent 3-0 defeat to Burnley at the London Stadium, with fans perceiving that those at the top have broken a number of promises with regards to squad investment.
There is also a split over whether it was the correct decision for West Ham to move away from their traditional home at Upton Park into the ground that played host to athletics at the 2012 Olympics.
The East Londoners are currently hovering dangerously close to the Premier League relegation zone, sitting just three points above the bottom three after Sunday’s 4-1 defeat to champions Manchester City.
A trip to out-of-form Leicester City on Saturday now has the makings of a must-win clash, before the top-flight season comes to a close with two tricky home fixtures against Manchester United and Everton.