The Telegraph has revealed two ways West Ham have made Tottenham's search for a new home between 2017/2018 more difficult.
A report in the Daily Telegraph suggests West Ham United are going to make it impossible for Tottenham Hotspur to use Upton Park as a temporary home after they move to the Olympic Stadium.
Spurs need to find a temporary home for the 2017-2018 season due to a delay in the development of White Hart Lane, but the national daily has suggested it won’t be Upton Park which was one of the options.
“It has now emerged that a clause in the contract states that West Ham do not have to leave Upton Park in a fit state for football and plan to gut the stadium ahead of their exit,” reports the Telegraph.
That means it’s completely down to the discretion of West Ham as to how they leave Upton Park, once they have made to move to play their home games in Stratford.
There would likely be costs involved in terms of maintaining the stadium so it remains fit for purpose and that cost could leave West Ham with little choice other than to exercise the mentioned clause.
“This (ground won’t be fit to be used) is because Hammers fans will be offered the opportunity to secure their own piece of history through a special auction of memorabilia, which will cover most, if not all, of the essential parts of the stadium.”
Upton Park is a place treasured by many West Ham supporters and it’s not unreasonable to give those fans the chance to buy a piece of the club’s history as they move onto another ground.
It’s something that plenty of clubs have done in the past when they have moved onto a new ground.
There are other options for Spurs such as the MK Dons, which seems most likely, that would more than likely be considered favourable by the club’s fans over using the home of one of their fierce London rivals in a move, which wouldn’t be popular even if it made sense in terms of finance and logistics.