Fresh twist in potential West Ham takeover as board member Tripp Smith resigns from company in wake of Paul Allen speculation?

West Ham United Joint Chairmen David Sullivan and David Gold (L) chat prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Wigan Athletic and West Ham United at the DW Stadium on May 15,...

There could be a fresh twist in reports that American billionaire Paul Allen wants to launch a takeover bid for West Ham United.

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,...

West Ham are in disarray this season and face the very real threat of relegation with fans revolting against owners David Sullivan and David Gold and their vice-chairman Karren Brady.

Supporters are furious over what they feel are a string of broken promises regarding ambition, transfer spending and the much-heralded move to the London Stadium.

So when Paul Allen, the American billionaire owner of the Seattle Seahawks, was linked with a potential takeover by website West Ham World it caused quite a stir.

Allen, who co-founded Microsoft alongside Bill Gates, also owns MLS outfit Seattle Sounders and NBA team Portland Trail Blazers as part of his privately held company Vulcan Inc.

At present the reports are just speculation.

Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen walks across fthe field before a football game between the Detroit Lions and the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on October 5, 2015 in Seattle,...

But with a net worth of just under £20 billion it is fair to say supporters have being going crazy with excitement, although just as many think it is too good to be true.

However, has there been a fresh twist to the mounting speculation after it emerged that American Tripp Smith, who recently purchased a 10% stake in the Hammers, is set to resign from his role as director at US investment management firm The Blackstone Group this summer - as reported by Hammers fan site Claret and Hugh.

The company, which has assets of nearly £35billion and assets under management of over £435 billion, has worked with Allen as one of its most high profile and richest clients.

West Ham United fasn hold up protests signs and banners during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Burnley at London Stadium on March 10, 2018 in London, England.

The 52-year-old, who was instrumental in setting up Blackstone's biggest business, GSO Capital Partners, announced he will be stepping down in June after "new opportunities" arose.

Whether it is a case of two plus two making five or not remains to be seen.

But it would be some coincidence given the timing of the reported interest from Allen, his relationship with Smith and his 10% stake in the Hammers and resignation to follow "new opportunities".

Watch this space Hammers fans.

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