By Sam Stone

22nd May, 2023 | 3:10pm

Fresh West Ham United update as Qatari takeover news emerges

Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad al Thani is not considering buying West Ham United, according to CBS journalist, Ben Jacobs.

Spanish newspaper El Pais reported on 20 May, that the president of the Bank of Qatar was stunned after the Glazers raised their valuation of Manchester United.

It was believed that West Ham were viewed as an alternative, however, that is not the case according to Jacobs.

“Understand Sheikh Jassim is not considering West Ham if unsuccessful in buying Manchester United,” wrote Jacobs (Twitter, 22 May).

“Nine Two Foundation haven’t made any approach or even discussed West Ham internally.

“Should Nine Two Foundation fail to agree a deal to buy Manchester United, it is anticipated QSI would lead on any approach to another club. Malaga is their next prospect.”

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No surprises

This really shouldn’t come as a surprise. The original report from Spain probably put two and two together. West Ham are an exciting investment for any potential buyer. The club is located in the capital, they are an established Premier League side and they have a large fan base.

There’s a lot of potential and due to the infrastructure, there’s a genuine chance for the Hammers to be one of the latest teams to gatecrash the top six. Newcastle have laid down the blueprint, and there’s an argument to suggest West Ham have a higher ceiling than the North East club.

A refresh in the boardroom would be welcomed, but there’s no immediate need for a change of power at the London Stadium. There’s a feel-good factor back around the club and the board’s decision to stick by David Moyes is looking like an inspired one.

Whilst most of the Premier League made a change in the dugout the Hammers stood firm and the decision has been vindicated.