Filed: Tuesday, 23rd August 2011
By: Staff Writer
Tottenham Chairman Daniel Levy is set to give up his fight for the Olympic Stadium - having finally achieved what it is suspected he wanted all along.
The BBC report tonight that Levy's club are close to striking a deal, agreed with London Mayor Boris Johnson, to build a brand new stadium at a venue close to their current White Hart Lane ground.
It is further reported that should an agreement be reached Tottenham will give up their fight to scupper West Ham's move that was ratified earlier this year.
Spurs are due in court tomorrow to request a second judicial review - the first was turned down - into the decision that saw United awarded the £500million venue back in February.
Despite massive opposition from their fanbase who have voted overwhelmingly against moving to east London, Levy - who has been the target of a number of protests - has continued to fight West Ham's move to the new development.
That fight turned ugly in July when it was revealed that Tottenham had employed corporate investigators to surreptitiously obtain phone and banking records belonging to employees of both West Ham United FC and the Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC) after the two parties were accused of corruption by the Sunday Times.
West Ham, who carried out their own investigation - which unsurprisingly cleared all parties involved of any wrongdoing, as did a second independent investigation last week - have since placed the matter in the hands of the Information Commissioner's Office, which investigates allegations of data protection offences.
Dead horse: flogged no more?
It has long been suspected that Levy's ultimate aim was not to prevent West Ham from moving into the Olympic Stadium, but to secure funding to move to a new state-of-the-art stadium - possibly at the Northumberland Park site which has been earmarked as a potential new home.
That development was shelved last year due to spiralling costs, but with Tottenham still recovering from the riots that saw millions of pounds' worth of damage caused by its own residents earlier this month, the Government will no doubt be keen to support any proposition that brings fresh investment into the area.
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