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Sullivan plays down West Ham move

David Sullivan at Burnley's Turf Moor
Sullivan's last game as chairman was Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Burnley

David Sullivan insists he will not be making a move to buy West Ham in the immediate future after selling his shares in Birmingham to Carson Yeung.

Birmingham's plc chairman Sullivan, who formally ends his 16-year association with the Blues next Tuesday, has been linked with the London club.

When asked if he was going to approach West Ham, Sullivan told BBC Sport: "It is very unlikely. I need a break.

"I'll then have a look to see what's available but nothing is impossible."

Yeung's takeover represents the formal end of the Sullivan, Ralph Gold and Karren Brady era at St Andrews, although David Gold is poised to remain as chairman.

The Hong Kong businessman will take charge of the club next Tuesday, which is when Birmingham's 8,000 shareholders receive their money from the deal.

Sullivan, along with Brady, took charge of Birmingham in 1993 when the club was in financial administration.

He added: "I bought Birmingham 16 and-a-half years ago and it's been stressful.

"I need a little breather, a tiny little bit of time to recuperate.

"Then I'll see what makes sense from a financial point of view, geographical point of view and heart point of view - you've got to merge all those three together to come up with what's best for you."

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Premier League approval for Yeung
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Top flight to tighten owner test
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Exit looms for Sullivan & Brady
16 Sep 09 |  Birmingham
Hong Kong bid for Birmingham City
21 Aug 09 |  Business
Yeung puts deposit on Birmingham
20 Aug 09 |  Business
Yeung in Birmingham takeover bid
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McLeish pleads for more signings
14 Aug 09 |  Birmingham
Blues budget all spent - McLeish
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