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Gold slams Spurs stadium bid

David Gold

West Ham co-owner David Gold admits he cannot understand why Tottenham have launched a rival bid for the Olympic Stadium.

Spurs made the surprise announcement last week that they had declared an interest in occupying the stadium when the 2012 Games finish. That brought Spurs into direct conflict with their East End rivals, who admitted they were keen on moving to Stratford when Gold and David Sullivan bought the club in January.

The north London club have since issued a statement insisting that they would only move to the Olympic Stadium if their bid to build a new ground close to White Hart Lane fails, but Gold said: "I find it difficult to understand that the Spurs regime have just got planning permission in Haringey council for their new stadium at Tottenham. Why would they want another one?"

He added: "I think the issues they have over their other stadium are relatively small I think, so what I would say is that our bid is a joint bid with Newham council and is the right bid, the best bid, the preferred bid. It brings more to the local community and I think our bid will be successful."

Senior figures at West Ham are understood to be fuming at Spurs' bid, which would see the north London outfit move eight miles to their new home.

If successful, West Ham would only have to move three miles and would remain in the borough of Newham.

Tottenham submitted their bid to move to the stadium with the backing of sports and entertainment company AEG hours before the deadline at the end of last month.

They could arguably be the more attractive option for the Olympic Park Legacy Company, who will decide the stadium's future in December.

Harry Redknapp's team are currently playing Champions League football while West Ham are rooted to the foot of the table and are by no means certain of being in the top-flight when the 2012-2013 season begins.