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Sir Geoff Hurst shares his thoughts on West Ham stadium relocation, praises one aspect

By Alex Taylor

West Ham legend Sir Geoff Hurst has issued his support to the club over their move to the Olympic Stadium.

The Hammers have played their football at Upton Park for the last 112 years but have now relocated to the Olypic Stadium in Stratford.

The east London outfit have already sold 52,000 season tickets for the new ground, a figure that puts them second only to Manchester United in that regard.

“It’s a brilliant time for the club,” Hurst told the Alan Brazil show on Talk Sport. “I think selling 52,000 season tickets from an average gate at the Boleyn in the past of 35,000, is astonishing, the way they’ve marketed it is brilliant and giving kids the chance to buy a season ticket for £99, that is developing you new fans, it’s a great move.”

“The big issue initially two years ago was whether we were going to fill the stadium. We’re now looking to extend it before we’ve even kicked a ball there.”

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West Ham fans will be confident the new stadium will attract the top players and help the club to retain their stars after Michail Antonio signed a four-year contract extension this week.

Slaven Bilic will be hoping that he can improve upon his side’s seventh placed finish in the Premier League next season as the club prepares to fight on all fronts after qualifying for Europa League football.

In other West ham news, Crystal Palace have agreed a £12million fee for West Ham defender James Tomkins