West Ham first in line for Olympic Stadium


West Ham may not be a superclub for years yet but they're starting to put the foundations in place.

The east London club have been placed as the number one choice to take over the Olympic Stadium by the London Legacy Development Corporation.

West Ham's owners must give certain pledges about the profits from any future club sale.

This is because the market value would rocket, especially with extra public money pumped in to build a full roof and retractable seating.

The deal is not yet done but a meeting of the LLDC ranked the four bidders with the Irons on top.

Whether self-confessed Hammers fans David Gold and David Sullivan would want to cash in is another question.

With access to a 60,000 seater stadium, the east London club could become a powerhouse with the potential to attract a lucrative tranche of corporate support making it a contender for regular European football.

However, with such trinkets, the oligarchs and the sheikhs suddenly sit up.

As if to express their capital ambitions, West Ham undid Chelsea with a 3-1 win at the Boleyn Ground, fixing themselves in eighth place and making the European champions look discomforted.

They started December with three points having acquired just five in the whole of November and they go into Sunday's clash against another troubled side - Liverpool - settled in their set-up, outlook and top-half positioning.

Manager Sam Allardyce said: "To play one of our big rivals and to see the end of a tough six days and finish in that style is one of those outstanding moments of the season.

"Being able to turn it around at half time was great as it looked like we might find it hard to get back into the game."

Andy Carroll is ruled out with a knee injury for six or seven weeks and Big Sam is looking to Carlton Cole to continue to seize the opportunity to impress.