By Dean White

15th Jun, 2022 | 5:46pm

West Ham United news: Laurence Bassini drops David Sullivan-Birmingham claim live on talkSPORT

Laurence Bassini has extraordinarily claimed that West Ham co-chairman David Sullivan is helping him fund a takeover at Birmingham City.

Bassini has been made bankrupt multiple times and has been involved in controversies surrounding the ownership at Watford, Charlton and Bolton.

And it seems as though Hammers chief Sullivan will be part-funding a takeover at St Andrew’s with it sounding as though a deal is close to completion.

“Some of it is Sullivan’s money and some of it is my money,” said Bassini on talkSPORT on 15 June, as transcribed by BirminghamLive. “There is a document that says should I default, David Sullivan will not take the club. I would have to leave and obviously, there would be someone else new to come in. The club is safe.

“There is going to be two chairmen that are senior football people. I’m not saying who I’m bringing in. I will name the board at a press conference and they will all be there. There is a woman that will be vice chairman that is a highly respected person. There will be a CEO with vast experience.”

Jim White said later in the interview: “It’s mostly funded by Sullivan, you’re going to put in a few million of your own.”

Bassini replied: “£10million.”

White seem surprised, asking: “£10million?”

Simon Jordan then asked Bassini on what condition and he said: “I have shares and I am borrowing £10million against my shares.”

What’s going on?

Sullivan is West Ham’s co-chairman and despite being unable to sign any new players in January and failing to sign a replacement striker for Sebastien Haller in three consecutive transfer windows, he’s now said to be throwing money into a takeover of his former club Birmingham.

In this, he also seems to be teaming up with a complete and utter dimwit in Bassini.

The ex-Watford owner came close to destroying Bolton when they were in crisis.

BBC Sport reported on 7 May in 2019 that he repeatedly failed to provide proof of funds to buy the former Premier League club and then tried to block a rival from buying them instead [BBC].

He shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near any football clubs but unfortunately, Sullivan seems to think that it’s a good idea for him to be in business with this man in a takeover attempt at struggling Birmingham.

Sullivan has a lot to answer for at West Ham.

Daniel Kretinsky looks as though he could be taking over the London club in the future but right now, West Ham are in a period where they could really kick on and be a Premier League powerhouse.

It’s quite unbelievable that one of the Europa League’s top-four clubs and the Premier League’s eighth-best club – based on results in 2021/22 – has one of their co-chairmen funding the takeover at a club that’s been on the verge of relegation from the Championship for years.

In other West Ham news, the Irons have been offered the chance to sign this £12.8million goal machine after his club was relegated.

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