West Ham’s vice-chairman Karren Brady has assured fans that London rivals Tottenham Hotspur will never use Upton Park as their home ground, as per the club’s official website.
Brady released a statement following a story on Tuesday which reported that Spurs may attempt to move to the East London venue temporarily during the construction of their new stadium.
However, Brady has confirmed that there is a covenant in place by West Ham with regards to the sale of Upton Park.
The Hammers must provide other football clubs with formal permission to use the famous old ground, but with Spurs desperate for a temporary home, West Ham have ruled out Upton Park as a destination.
White Hart Lane is due to be left by Spurs in less than two years time, with the 2017/18 campaign currently an open discussion as to where the North London club will play their football.
Tottenham’s new stadium is set to be ready for the summer of 2018. However, with Upton Park deemed as a categorical no by the Hammers unsurprisingly, Spurs must continue to look elsewhere.
Wembley has been touted as a possible venue, but Chelsea appear to be winning the war to play at the national stadium while they undergo the same process of rebuilding their stadium.
West Ham’s Olympic Stadium is obviously not an option either, so Stadium mk seems the likeliest end result for Spurs fans, who are angry about being moved so far from their North London home.
The rivalry between the Hammers and Spurs, who sit comfortably in fourth and seventh respectively in the Premier League table, has seen Brady publicly declare that there won’t be an agreement made.
The London pair next face each other in the Premier League on November 22nd at White Hart Lane.