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West Ham linked to Olympic stadium move

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THIS WEEK'S takeover of West Ham United reignited the possibility of the football club moving into the London 2012 main stadium after the Games nish.

On Monday an Icelandic consortium led by businessman Eggert Magnusson bought a majority shareholding in West Ham for £85M.

Magnusson said: 'If there is an opportunity to discuss a long-term move to the Olympic stadium I would like to explore that, recognising that there will also need to be an athletics legacy from the London 2012 Olympic Games.' Last week ODA chief executive David Higgins told the London Assembly that any Premiership team wanting to use the stadium would have to pay £100M, to cover the cost of building a ground with 60,000 permanent seats, rather than the 25,000 currently planned.

Higgins said the ODA had previously held talks with West Ham, but these had ended as costs were too high.

London Mayor Ken Livingstone said: 'At the time West Ham simply didn't have £100M.

If the rumours are true and someone is going to come in with huge pots of money, then of course we would be happy to talk to them again.'

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