Hammers likely to secure Olympic Stadium as their new home.
West Ham United are now favourites to move into the Olympic Stadium, according to the Daily Mail.
An announcement is due on Friday to confirm who will be taking up residence in Stratford, and the path is now clear for the Hammers after Leyton Orient chairman, Barry Hearn, promised to drop the legal suit against the Premier League side should they be handed the keys.
Orient, along with Tottenham Hotspur, were also interested in making the move but Spurs backed out after the news disgruntled their supporters.
Hearn had applied for a judicial review after believed the Hammers had broken the rules in their bid after they had not entertained his request into a possible groundshare.
Worried that West Ham’s move would kill off Orient support, as the club’s own Match Room Stadium is a mere 15 minute walk away from the Olympic venue, Hearn admitted that he wouldn’t be pursuing any legal action at the outcome of the announcement.
“If I lose the judicial review, I have got to walk (away),’ Hearn told a press conference at the Nolan Partners Sport Industry this morning. “That’s it. It must stop – I can’t do anything else. I have fought a really good fight. I’ve cost people a lot of money and spent a lot of money myself but I don’t regret it because I think I am in the right.”
West Ham are now the frontrunners to land the 60,000 seat venue bringing an end to their stay at the historic Upton Park.