According to a report by The Daily Mail, United Arab Emirates billionaire and member of the Abu Dhabi royal family Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed al Nehayan tried to buy West Ham United last season before the coronavirus pandemic – with this takeover claim shedding light on their attempted GSB talks.
Sheikh Khaled attempted West Ham talks
Currently the prospective new owners of Championship side Derby County after they failed in a public attempt to buy Newcastle United, the Daily Mail claim they also turned their attention to West Ham last season alongside Bournemouth.
Indeed, before the COVID-19 pandemic struck, the Bin Zayed Group allegedly displayed a significant interest in the Irons, making an initial enquiry to GSB over the purchase of West Ham.
However, following early talks, the group and Sheikh Khaled dropped their interest in buying the Hammers – with negotiations to take over Bournemouth understood to have reached a more advanced stage by comparison.
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Football Insider also claim that GSB are open to selling the club but won’t entertain a buyout until receiving a proposal of around £600 million.
Whether or not a West Ham takeover happens in future remains to be seen, but the Bin Zayed Group are now revealed to have displayed a past interest.
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