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Gold still hopeful for new West Ham stadium

David Gold believes West Ham's chances of taking over the Olympic Stadium after the London 2012 Games have improved. The Hammers, under new co-owners Gold and David Sullivan and vice-chairman Karren Brady, have expressed interest in relocating from Upton Park to the 80,000-capacity arena in Stratford.

"I'm sensing an easing of the stance that it should be a legacy to athletics," the Hammers co-owner told BBC Radio Five Live.

"We have to be more pragmatic. Do we want to have a stadium like we have at Crystal Palace which just deteriorated and rotted away because it wasn't sustainable?

"We believe there is a serious possibility that we could strike a deal that would take West Ham to the Olympic Stadium.

"If that can be done, we would have a super stadium that could take the club to the next level."

Gold has even suggested West Ham could build a separate athletics stadium to support their move to the main arena.

"One other possibility is to abandon the athletics idea altogether and maybe build a small athletics stadium that can be used forever," he said.

"Not as an Olympic athletics stadium but a regional stadium with seating facility commensurate to their requirements, which would be about 5,000."

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