Spurs are looking at a stadium to move to as they build their new ground, and a statement released on the official West Ham website has clarified the situation surrounding a potential switch to the Boleyn Ground.
The ground is being lined up to be replaced with a residential area, but the Hammers have no need to sell if the ground can prove it is still fit to host football games, which it obviously is.
This potential availability has led Spurs to consider switch North London for the east of the capital, with other options such as stadium:MK and Wembley proving inconvenient.
However, the statement released on the West Ham website clarifies the situation, with vice chairman Karren Brady confirming that there is a clause in place in the contract of the sale of the ground, which means that the Hammers’ board must give permission before any club can use it as a stadium.
This means that, despite selling the rights to the stadium, Brady and her fellow chairman, David Gold and David Sullivan, have the final say on whether any other team can use the ground once they depart.
This places a complication in any deal for Spurs, and if they truly hope to move to West Ham’s current ground, they will be hoping that the Hammers’ board are willing in their donation of the Boleyn Ground for the next few years.