By Sean Fisher

21st Dec, 2022 | 8:10pm

Claret and Hugh: Full West Ham United takeover cannot be ruled out

According to Claret & Hugh inside sources, a full West Ham takeover by Daniel Kretinsky can’t be ruled out despite no approach being made yet.

Current West Ham owners David Gold and David Sullivan have been in the headlines recently over their ownership of the club, with ExWHUemployee suggesting that Gold in particular is wanting to sell some of his shares.

Kretinsky was rumoured to be interested in buying the 27% stake Gold was willing to put up for sale, although it wouldn’t be enough to see the ownership of the club hand over to the Czech businessman. [Claret & Hugh]

It is believed that any offers or share sales will take place in April next year, and Claret & Hugh insist that a full takeover should not be ruled out.

According to a conversation with their inside sources, they have been told: “There has been no approach although that’s not to say there won’t be.

“However, as is often the way were there to be and the price offered to be acceptable it could always happen.”

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Baby steps

It seems we are some way off a full takeover taking place, but Kretinsky is slowly but surely building up his ownership of the club. Hopefully, his long-term goal is to become the majority shareholder.

Gold and Sullivan have taken the club as far as they can. Not many fans would be sad to see the back of them and it’s a great time for the club to enter a new era of ownership.

West Ham have been on the brink of breaking into the top six in recent seasons, and they’ve shown this campaign they can compete in Europe even when not performing well domestically.

A new owner and a fresh injection of cash and optimism could push West Ham up another gear as the club looks to become a regular European competitor.

Kretinsky could make those dreams a reality, but it seems Hammers fans will have to put up with Sullivan and Gold a little while longer before any major handover of ownership.