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West Ham not keen to be co-tenants of Olympic Stadium

West Ham United have made it clear that they do not want to share the Olympic Stadium with League One Leyton Orient.

Orient chairman Barry Hearn made the suggestion that his club and the Hammers, who are back in the Premier League, could become co-tenants of the Stratford venue once the 2012 Olympics are finished but West Ham have brushed off that notion.

"West Ham United has not held talks with Leyton Orient in respect of ground sharing and nor is it our intention to do so," read a club statement.

"We do not wish to comment on recent statements made by Barry Hearn not least because we can't keep up with his ever-changing position. They continue, however, to provide us with a constant source of amusement."

The statement added: "We are the only football option able to fill the stadium to capacity on a regular basis.

"Our recent Wembley play-off final win, which secured our promotion back to the Premier League, saw a level of demand from our supporters that could have sold out Wembley Stadium to West Ham fans alone.

"The noise and atmosphere created by our fans on May 19 gave a mouthwatering taste of what the Olympic Stadium could offer to supporters week in, week out.

"We also bring the opportunity for the regeneration of the Olympic Park - people, prosperity, opportunity, exposure, economy and expertise from our very first match in 2014. This provides far wider benefits for the local community and the nation as a whole."

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Andrew Slevison
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