Sheikh Jassim ‘considering buying West Ham instead of Man United’ if Qatari’s takeover bid is rejected by Glazers
PROSPECTIVE Manchester United buyer Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad al Thani is considering buying West Ham if he fails in his bid for the Red Devils, according to reports.
Sheikh Jassim has recently lodged a fourth bid to buy Man Utd from the Glazers in its entirety.
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Sheikh Jassim will reportedly turn to them if he fails to buy Manchester United
AFPTh Qatari banker is said to not be the preferred bidder for the Glazers[/caption]
However, with rival bidder Sir Jim Ratcliffe the Glazers preferred bidder, the Qatari banker may miss out.
Despite this, he remains determined to buy into the Premier League.
Spanish outlet El Pais has claimed he has his sights set on West Ham in the event he misses out on Man Utd.
According to the report, Qatar Investment Bank – headed up by the Sheikh – are now “beginning to assess other entry options in the Premier League.”
It adds: “Their first alternative is to buy West Ham, which together with Tottenham, is the club with the most fans [stadium capacity] in London.
“West Ham guarantees a full house every weekend.”
Sheikh Jassim’s latest bid for Man Utd is said to be in the region of £5billion for a full purchase.
It comes after Avram Glazer was pictured leaving a hotel owned by Sheikh Jassim’s father, Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani.
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Meanwhile, the offer from Ratcliffe would see Ineos obtain a majority stake in the Old Trafford club rather than full control.
The Nice owners bid, said to be close to £6bn, would also see owners Joel and Avram Glazer retain a minority stake in the club.
West Ham are not the first club named as a potential suitor for Sheikh Jassim with reports earlier this week suggesting Tottenham were on his radar as well.