Report: West Ham reject big money Red Bulls takeover

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by JACK HAZZARD

In the early morning of Boxing Day, The Sun reported that energy drink giant Red Bull has submitted a £200 million bid to take over English Premier League side West Ham United. According to the report, Red Bull see West Ham’s new home at the Olympic Stadium as a prime spot for their branding and marketing.

Later that very day, the son of Hammers co-owners, Jack Sullivan, took to Twitter to squash the rumors — while adding depth to the topic:

As many New York fans know, the Red Bull company has a vast presence in the world of soccer, owning multiple football clubs; Red Bull Salzburg, RB Leipzig, and the New York Red Bulls. Recently, Red Bull sold their club in Ghana and are currently looking to off-load their Sao Paolo team in Brazil as well.

Already causing controversy in Germany, Red Bull will look to stir the pot in England. Past reports have suggested that the Austrian company was looking to acquire the rights of Sky Bet Championship clubs Leeds United and Brentford as well as League One clubs Charlton Athletic and Swindon Town.

Following the morning’s earlier reports, BBC has reported that Red Bull has dismissed the rumors.