By Adefunmiloye Alani

31st Jul, 2021 | 7:10am

Thomas Skinner: West Ham United legends supporting PAI Capital takeover bid

West Ham-mad TV star and businessman Thomas Skinner has provided an update as PAI Capital looks to complete a takeover of the club, claiming some of the club legends are backing the move.

The Daily Mail reported last week that the Hammers rejected a £400million bid by a group of UK-based investors who want to buy the London Stadium club.

The group remains determined to strike a deal, though, and Skinner has been in contact.

The West Ham supporter took to his personal Twitter account to post on Friday evening: “So the guys at PAI are serious. I know what their vision is, and it’s brilliant, I can’t share too much, I don’t want to break anyone’s trust but this I can say.

“Firstly they will invest in the squad which we so desperately need. They want to pump money into the youth academy and work on our facilities as they’re not great.

“But most importantly they want to transform the Olympic Stadium into a proper home for West Ham, be our fortress. And I’ve asked them if we can change back to our old badge, not the new one, we don’t like it

“Please Sullivan, if you love our club and West Ham. Get this deal done. I love West Ham and will update when I can. Have a great evening.”


We really hope this is true.

West Ham need a change in ownership, and we cannot wait to see David Gold, David Sullivan and Karren Brady (GSB) leave.

They are clearly not going to walk away easily as they have not put the club up for sale, so PAI would have to table a realistic bid if they indeed mean business.

West Ham is worth around £600million or even way more right now given that the club are based in London, and we hope PAI are ready to keep going until GSB agree to sell.

The fans would need to let the board know they are no longer wanted, and protests are likely to take place at the London Stadium once the new Premier League season starts.

Manager David Moyes can transform our club into a top-four side with the proper investment across all facets, and fans would be dreaming of better days.

It is not the first time West Ham have been linked with a takeover, though, and we can only wish this is real.

Buying a Premier League club is not particularly straightforward as the Newcastle United takeover saga has shown us.

PAI would need to pass the rigorous and often frustrating Owners and Directors to complete a deal should they manage to reach an agreement with GSB, and we are anticipating an official update from the group.

In other West Ham news, Hammers are ready to offer player highly incentivised contract, Moyes wants him.

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