Famous sculptor Frances Segelman reveals she is set to recreate Bobby Moore for West Ham's new stadium

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A famous sculptor has revealed she will soon start work on a bust of West Ham United and England legend Bobby Moore for the Olympic Stadium.

The news will come as a boost for Hammers fans who fear their new stadium, which they do not own but instead have on a 99-year lease, will not feel like home.

The Upton Park faithful are proud of their rich history and many fans are torn over leaving the Boleyn Ground which has been their home for 111 years.

But Frances Segelman - an established sculptor of personalities from the world of entertainment, politics and sport - will be doing her bit to ensure one of the club's greatest ever players is never forgotten as West Ham embark on a new era.

That's because the 63-year-old, who has sculpted works of the likes of Prince Charles and the Queen, is set to start work on a bust of England's 1966 World Cup winning captain - who sadly died aged just 51 in 1993 - when she finishes her current sculpture of Boris Johnson.

Moore's legacy is in good hands as Segelman, whose commissions start at £20,000, has done over 140 busts.

She told The Sunday Times: "One of my next pieces is going to be a large sculpture of Bobby Moore for West Ham’s new ground.

"It’s an exciting project and makes me think back to the first sculpture I ever did, which was of my father when I was 14. I was an only child and grew up in Leeds.

"Both my parents were creative and encouraged me to make things. Sadly, my father, who owned a cinema just outside the city, died of a heart attack when he was 53."

It is not yet known exactly where the bust will be placed at the Olympic Stadium when the Premier League club relocate a year from now ready for the 2016-17 season.

Once the Leeds-born sculptor has finished a clay version of the Moore bust, it will be taken to a bronze foundry where several moulds will be made of it from which the bronze version is cast.

Last year West Ham revealed the club is also considering relocating its 16ft 'Champions' sculpture which features the Hammers' three World Cup winners Moore, Martin Peters and Geoff Hurst.

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