By Kevin Campbell

8th Aug, 2021 | 7:00pm

Campbell verdict on billionaire taking over West Ham and 'big-six' challenge

Kevin Campbell claims West Ham will only be able to regularly finish in the top six once a takeover happens.

The Arsenal icon, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insists it is almost impossible to displace the so-called “big six”.

David Sullivan told BBC Sport on 21 July that he had rejected a “derisory” £400million takeover approach from a consortium.

This came after Football Insider revealed on 24 July that Gold and Sullivan are in talks to part-sell their stakes and want hefty commissions for their troubles.

David Moyes’ side had an excellent 2020-21 campaign and as a result, they will compete in the Europa League this season.

The challenge for the Hammers this season is to repeat this feat while also competing in Europe.

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Campbell insists the only way West Ham can regularly challenge for Europe is if a takeover happens.

“Can West Ham compete up there at the top?” Campbell told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.

“I’m not so sure. The boys at the top have been there for such a long time now.

“West Ham had a great season last time out but that was their first one for a while.

“If a sugar daddy came in with billions, maybe you could see them making that jump.

“But it’s a long shot. It’s very difficult.”

The Irons will get their Premier League season up and running against Newcastle next Sunday.

They are looking to avenge last season’s opening day defeat to Steve Bruce’s side.

In other news, McAvennie predicts West Ham fan revolt after £500m takeover reveal.