Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour has suggested West Ham United could be an attractive proposition for new investment in the near future.
Parlour suggested that the Hammers are heading in the right direction under co-owners David Gold and David Sullivan, which could see the club get to a point where a new investor wants to come in and help transform the club.
“West Ham are obviously looking forward to the Olympic Stadium with 54,000 fans suddenly,” he told talkSPORT.
“West Ham in the future, whether they are thinking about selling it Gold and Sullivan, I think down the line, a big hitter might come in and buy West Ham and suddenly that could put them in the same bracket and they’re going for that top four.”
One step at a time
It’s important West Ham and the fans don’t get too far ahead of themselves because there is a lot of pressure over manager Slaven Bilic.
He’s now had a chance to see his squad in competitive action with a comfortable first leg win over Lusitans in the Europa League, which is just one competition the club will be expected to compete in over the coming season.
The Premier League is always going to be the priority and West Ham do have the potential to become a very attractive club to new investors, but the thinking shouldn’t applied to more than just the next couple of months.
What’s a realistic aim for the Hammers?
The first priority should be to stay in the top flight because of how important the Premier League has become financially.
A top half finish would be great, but it’s vital West Ham are in the hat to take a share of that massive TV deal, which will only increase their financial power over the next couple of seasons.