Barry Hearn makes his feelings about West Ham's stadium deal perfectly clear

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The businessman has been discussing West Ham and the Olympic Stadium.

Barry Hearn says West Ham United have negotiated a good deal for the Olympic Stadium, according to World Soccer.

But the businessman has also suggested that the LLDC have received a very short straw indeed when it came to negotiations.

Hearn is quoted as saying by World Soccer: "It’s a hugely beneficial deal to West Ham and good luck to them.

"They’ve negotiated a good deal. I can’t say the same for the LLDC who should go back to negotiation school.

"Frankly it was a hot potato that [London mayor] Boris Johnson and the LLDC wanted to get rid of. They wanted to close a deal at any price and they will say ‘quite rightly because we didn’t have anyone else’."

As for West Ham's farewell to Upton Park before moving to the Olympic Stadium, it seems the Hammers faithful will have to make do with a strong season but without that magical finish.

West Ham are now out of the FA Cup and could have at least gone out putting up a better fight.

Slaven Bilic's men could still make the top four but are five points clear of Manchester City, with Manchester United also above them.

A top-six finish would represent a strong final campaign at the Boleyn Ground, of course, and West Ham can now look at pushing themselves further as a club while at the Olympic Stadium.

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