Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 25 October 2014

Spurs spell out stadium position

Tottenham

Tottenham have denied the Olympic Stadium had become their preferred new home, insisting they remained fully committed to building a ground to replace White Hart Lane.

Last Thursday Spurs submitted an 11th-hour bid to take over the Olympic Stadium in Stratford after the 2012 Games, just hours before they received planning permission from Haringey Council to construct a new stadium.

The Olympic Stadium bid was initially believed to be merely a fall-back option but Tottenham's partners in the scheme, sports and entertainment company AEG, stated on Tuesday that the proposal was far more serious than that. Their comments led to speculation Spurs' plans to build a new home - in a scheme entitled the Northumberland Development Project - had taken a back seat but the club released a statement insisting that is not the case..

The statement on their official website said: "We are aware that coverage of comments made by AEG have been interpreted by the media in various ways concerning the club's position in respect of the Northumberland Development Project and the Olympic Stadium site.

"We should like to make two things absolutely clear at this stage: firstly, we have registered an interest in the Olympic Stadium site in order to keep our options open going forward given the early stages we are in with the Northumberland Development Project scheme.

"This is a very preliminary stage and a pre-qualification questionnaire was completed jointly with AEG in order to meet the deadline for registration.

"Secondly, we continue to progress the application for the Northumberland Development Project with Haringey Council and will continue to do so with a view to achieving full consent.

"We have not changed our position and shall not do so without due consideration and consultation."

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