West Ham United vice-chairman Karren Brady has stressed that the club won’t be held to ransom as they were announced as the first official bidders for the Olympic stadium in Stratford.
Following months of speculation, the club appear to be the strong favourites ahead of League One side Leyton Orient, a football business school and an F1 consortium.
It is still not known how the London Legacy Development Corporation want the conversion of the stadium to be paid for and alongside this, Brady is determined that the Hammers fans will have a big say in how the stadium is to be re-designed. The Apprentice star has contacted 120 fans that are on the club's Supporters Advisory Board to set up an emergency meeting to ensure they have their input.
She wrote in an email: "It is important to understand that while the decision represents a huge step forward, as we have stated throughout, Preferred Bidder status does not mean that West Ham United have at this stage agreed to the move .
"It remains the case that we will only do so if the final proposal is right for the club and our supporters. This includes the necessity of agreeing a Stadium design specification that is acceptable to us in terms of its ability to host world- class football matches.
"This is the time for supporters to have their voices heard and a more intensive consultation process will commence immediately. This must start by working with our Official Supporter Advisory Board to agree how we take that consultation forward.
"We stand by our commitment to conduct full supporter consultation regarding the move, including the polling of supporters.”