West Ham owners David Gold and David Sullivan have reportedly turned down an “informal offer” to buy the club.
Sky Sports says the offer was turned down as it was “vague” and not in the best interests of supporters or shareholders.
Among those trying to secure the deal is former QPR chief executive Phillip Beard.
The approach was seen as a real estate transaction rather than a football transaction and no proof of funds was provided.
The current co-owners would not seek to sell and would be “approached all the time” over possible takeovers.
Gold and Sullivan bought West Ham in 2010 and have occasionally had a fractured relationship with fans.
They have moved the club from Upton Park to the London Stadium, the former London 2020 Olympic stadium built for athletics events, and have often been a source of frustration for supporters.
Calls grew over the past summer for the pair to sell, especially after Grady Diangana was sold to Premier League rivals West Brom.
Club legend Mark Noble was among those voicing his frustrations on social media.
The pair have always insisted the club are not for sale, telling talkSPORT’s Jim White that last summer, when calls for them to quit escalated.
Despite initial fears, West Ham has had a brilliant season finishing 6th in the Premier League and will play in the Europa League this season.
David Moyes has signed a contract extension and the pressure will be to repeat this feat in 2021/22.
Their campaign kicks off with a trip to Newcastle on August 15.
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