New twist might be bad news for West Ham over London Stadium future

General view outside the stadium prior to the Carabao Cup Third Round match between West Ham United and Bolton Wanderers at The London Stadium on September 19, 2017 in London, England.

A new twist in the potential destination of the 2022 Commonwealth Games could be bad news for West Ham United.

An aerial view of the London Stadium and ArcelorMittal Orbit is pictured during a flight over the capital London in a Cessna 172 plane on August 1, 2017.

Birmingham looked set to have a walkover bid to host the Commonwealth Games in five years' time.

And that potentially cleared the path for West Ham United's owners to buy the London Stadium.

Birmingham was the only city to submit a bid to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games before the required deadline last month after beating off competition from Liverpool to be Britain's candidate city.

Birmingham's bid is based on plans to make a beautifully upgraded Alexander Stadium the new home of UK Athletics, as reported by Birmingham Mail.

That was encouraging for West Ham co-owner David Sullivan who could then try to negotiate buying the stadium outright - something Sullivan's son Dave has admitted is a possibility - and perhaps even redevelop it properly for football.

David Sullivan, West Ham owner and David Gold, West Ham chairman look on during the Premier League match between Burnley and West Ham United at Turf Moor on May 21, 2017 in Burnley,...

In an interview with Sport Bible, Sullivan's son Dave remained coy but admitted it could be on the cards.

When asked 'Is your dad looking into the possibility of buying the London Stadium outright in the future?' Sullivan told Sport Bible: "I cannot comment on that, but it is certainly a possibility."

And when pushed on the situation surrounding the controversial "retractable" seating solution he added: "We are always looking for ways to improve the stadium, so if we think it will increase the fans experience then of course it is an option... "I reckon it could happen, but not for a few years."

But there was a fresh twist this week when the deadline for bids to host the Games was extended after Birmingham's application was judged to be "not fully compliant" - as reported by the BBC.

General view inside the stadium prior to the Premier League match between West Ham United and Liverpool at London Stadium on May 14, 2017 in Stratford, England.

A new deadline of 30 November has been set with Commonwealth Games Federation president Louise Martin revealing Birmingham's bid was 'comprehensive' but 'not fully compliant'.

"We have carefully reviewed the bids and updates received as part of the ongoing 2022 candidate city process and have agreed - noting the challenging timescales and no fully compliant bid - that further time should be given to all interested parties to enable the submission of fully compliant proposals," Martin told the BBC.

Having signed a 99-year lease many supporters are disillusioned at the prospect of a long-term future at the ground in it's current state.

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