David Gold & David Sullivan offer to buy into West Ham
By Simon Austin
Gold (left) and Sullivan sold Birmingham in October
Ex-Birmingham owners David Sullivan and David Gold have tabled an offer to buy into West Ham, BBC Sport understands.
The duo would take a substantial shareholding for a nominal fee, promising to invest in the team in January and offer expertise.
They also want the option of buying the club outright at a later date.
West Ham are owned by CB Holding, a company made up of creditors of Hansa, which was owned by former chairman Bjorgolfur Gudmundsson.
CB Holding have appointed Rothschild and Standard Bank to try to find a new owner for the club.
"Several parties" have made approaches and are involved in "an ongoing dialogue" about the possibility of buying the Hammers, according to a senior board member, but negotiations are still at a fairly early stage.
Gold and Sullivan sold Birmingham to Hong Kong billionaire Carson Yeung in October, ending their 16-year tenure at the club.
They bought the Blues for £1 and sold the club for £82m. The duo have a strong affiliation with West Ham and once owned a 30% stake in the Upton Park club.
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