Cottee: West Ham will attract world class talent with stadium move

West Ham United legend Tony Cottee has backed the club's move to the Olympic stadium.

West Ham were confirmed last week as the anchor tenants at a revamped 54,000-seater venue in Stratford under a 99-year lease from 2016.

"As a footballer, with everything that's gone on during the Games - Usain Bolt and everything else, I'd love to play at the new stadium, I really would," Cottee told West Ham's official website.

"I would try to make sure that I'm still at the club, to make those dreams come true.

"It's something else for the players to aim for. If you've got the carrot of playing in the Olympic Stadium it's going to be a wonderful opportunity for all the players.

"When we show potential players around you can't fail to be impressed. It's an inspiring stadium and we're looking to move on.

"If we start to have more money coming into the club, you get the opportunity to sign better players, better international players, hopefully one day a world class player of some sort will come to West Ham, and we can sign him off the back of showing him around the Olympic Stadium, saying 'this is where we play our football now'."

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