A new twist in the potential destination of the 2022 Commonwealth Games could be bad news for West Ham United.
Birmingham looked set to have a walkover bid to host the Commonwealth Games in five years' time.
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.
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.
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.
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.