By Alex McLeish

22nd Jul, 2021 | 7:00am

Ex-manager issues West Ham takeover verdict after working with Gold, Sullivan and Brady

Alex McLeish has suggested David Sullivan and David Gold would be open to selling West Ham after a takeover approach.

The former Scotland manager, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed there would be a price the Irons chiefs would sell for.

Speaking to the Athletic (July 21st), Sullivan confirmed the board had rebuffed an informal approach to buy the club.

The move, fronted by former QPR chief executive Philip Beard, was branded “derisory” by the West Ham co-chairman.

Sullivan went on to say himself and Gold have “no desire to sell the club”.

However, McLeish, who was manager when the current West Ham board sold Birmingham City, refused to rule out a takeover at the London Stadium.

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Asked if he thought the current board would be open to selling, McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “You just never know in football.

“I’ve worked with them (Gold, Sullivan and Karren Brady). I was there when they sold the club to a Chinese consortium.

“It didn’t look as if the two Davids were going to do it. Then, all of a sudden, there is a price.

“If that price is the right one in their heads, then they’ll go for it. Whether they see West Ham as more than just a money pit for them…

“They possibly want to go along with the ride that they’re currently doing just now.

“They’re at a good level, in the Europa League and in the top six. Can they go higher? Possibly the two Davids don’t need the money.”

Gold and Sullivan took charge as joint chairmen of West Ham back in 2010.

The Hammers finished sixth last season to qualify for the Europa League.

In other news, West Ham have tabled a third bid for exciting teenager at UK giants.