Football - West Ham top Olympic Stadium bidder

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Eurosport

West Ham have been named as the top choice to move in to the Olympic Stadium when it reopens.

The London Legacy Development Corporation board (LLDC) unanimously made the decision in favour of the Barclays Premier League club ahead of rivals from Intelligent Transport Services in association with Formula One, UCFB College of Football Business and Leyton Orient.

LLDC chairman and London Mayor Boris Johnson said: "We had four good bids, as everybody knows. The bid that has been ranked top is West Ham United. I am very pleased about that.

"It will, if it goes through, mean a football legacy for the stadium but there is still a lot of negotiation to go on between the LLDC and West Ham United about the terms of the deal."

Factors such as the final specification for adaptations to the stadium and the funding needed for it, gaining planning permission and obtaining appropriate national governing body approvals are among the issues which need to be sorted before a final deal can be struck.

There is also the finalisation of commercial terms to be considered.

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