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27th Dec, 2016 | 10:44am

David Sullivan responds to reported £200m takeover of West Ham

By Will Butcher

David Sullivan has told fans that he has “no desire” to sell West Ham despite a report stating drinks giants Red Bull were interested.

The Sun claimed on Boxing Day that Red Bull were set to make a £200million offer to buy the east London outfit from co-chairman Sullivan and David Gold.

However, Sullivan was adamant on West Ham’s official website that the club would not be sold after revealing that a huge £650million was tabled in the summer by external investors.

“We did have a tentative approach to buy the Club for £650m from external investors in August this year,” Sullivan wrote.

“But I want to reiterate that we, the current owners, have NO DESIRE to sell the Club unless it is to somebody like the King of Saudi Arabia who can take it to a level we cannot ourselves hope to reach.”

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Red Bull own a number of team including New York Red Bulls, as well as ambitious Bundesliga outfit Red Bull Leipzig who currently sit second in Germany’s top tier.

West Ham are reportedly next on their agenda as they believe the London Stadium would prove a lucrative investment to their marketing and branding strategies.

On the pitch, the Hammers have been slowly improving their fortunes after securing an emphatic 4-1 victory against Swansea on Boxing Day that saw target man Andy Carroll round off an impressive victory.

Sullivan will be hoping manager Slaven Bilic can mastermind a fourth consecutive victory against Premier League champions Leicester City on New Year’s Eve.

In other West Ham news, this Premier League veteran has been made the Hammers’ top target.