By Tom Blackburn 

West Ham Chairman David Gold says the club are hoping to expand the Olympic Stadium by the start of next season.

The club moved from the Boleyn Ground to the Stratford site at the start of this season, and have hosted crowds of over 50,000 in both games played at the stadium in the last week.

The Hammers played their football at the Boleyn for 112 years but have now relocated to the new venue to maximise revenues and play to bigger crowds.

Gold took to Twitter to inform fans that plans are in in place to increase the capacity from 60,000 to 66,000 but revealed that terms had not yet been agreed.

The east London outfit have sold 52,000 season tickets for the new ground, a figure that puts them second only to Manchester United of the Premier League clubs..

For their games against Juventus and Domzale last week the capacity was 54,000 due to a licence.

In their Europa League qualifying win against Domzale last Thursday 53,914 fans attended and in the glamour friendly against Juventus 53,966 fans packed into the ground.

Gold also confirmed via Twitter that their first home Premier League, a week on Sunday against Bournemouth, has sold out for a full 60,000 spectators.

Slaven Bilic will be hoping that he can improve upon his side’s seventh placed finish in the Premier League this season, after challenging for a top four spot for large periods of the previous campaign.

In other West Ham news, Harry Redknapp says the club can reach top four with Dimitri Payet as their leader.