Last Updated: Wed, 10 Oct 2012 22:19
West Ham remain committed to 'galvanising' the Olympic Park as their new home despite concerns over a possible delay in the process.
The applications to take over the Olympic Stadium after the London Games had to be restarted last year after legal challenges from both Tottenham and neighbours Leyton Orient to West Ham's proposed tenancy. Nevertheless, the Hammers want to become main tenants at the Stratford site for the start of the 2014-15 season.
However, a report on the Guardian's website claims the Barclays Premier League club remain at loggerheads with the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) over changes which would need to be made to the stadium such as retractable seating - and crucially who would fund them at a cost of around £160million.
The Hammers, who have performed well on their return to the Barclays Premier League this season, remain positive a conclusion can soon be reached.
In a statement to The Press Association, the club said: "It is now 20 months since West Ham United were initially named as the preferred bidder to occupy the Olympic Stadium post-Games. We are obviously disappointed, that three bids later, a decision has yet to be reached.
"We do however remain fully committed to becoming the catalyst to galvanise the Olympic Park by bringing people, jobs and a robust and sustainable commercial offer that guarantees a return to the taxpayer of the money already invested."
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