The Olympic Park Legacy Company has a received letter from twelve London borough council leaders requesting that West Ham be appointed the new owners of the Olympic stadium.
Picking the rival proposal from Tottenham Hotspur, who plan to remove the running track and build a purpose-built stadium, would be “astonishing”, the council bosses said.
The letter states: “This is a vital decision - one which must deliver lasting benefits for all Londoners, not just serve the interests of one football club.
“Any decision which paved the way for a project which would see the stadium knocked down and then rebuilt would, in our view, be a gross misuse of public resources.”
It also says that the continuing regeneration of the capital could be boosted by the West Ham bid, which is in partnership with Newham Council.
“We urge the legacy company to put London first when it makes its recommendation on the future of the Olympic stadium,” it adds.
The letter is signed by the leaders of Labour-controlled Barking and Dagenham, Brent, Camden, Ealing, Haringey, Hounslow, Islington, Lambeth, Lewisham, Merton, Newham and Southwark.