Cellino hopeful

  • by Staff Writer
  • Friday, 15th January 2010

Massimo Cellino has once again refused to be drawn on his proposed bid for West Ham United, despite further reports emanating from Italy claiming that he has won the race for control of the club.

calciomercato.com, who prematurely reported that Cellino had purchased the club yesterday morning are once again stating that the Cagliari chairman remains poised to claim victory with him awaiting 'official agreement ... from banks', adding that only a last-minute hitch will prevent the deal from completing.

Not to be outdone, SkySports Italia reported that they had spoken with Cellino this morning, who is said to have told them: "I'll speak only when it's official."

Despite the fresh claims from Italy the Intermarket-led consortium, comprised of a number of wealthy West Ham supporters, remain confident that they will win the race to wrestle control of the club from current owners CB Holdings.

Also still in the equation are Tony Fernandes plus David Gold & David Sullivan, although the latter's bid for just 51% of the club could rule them out.

It is thought that an announcement on the situation could be made as early as this afternoon.

Update: Cellino has broken his silence to claim that his is the best offer on the table. In a statement released moments ago, he said:

"I apologise to all the Italian journalists that tried to contact me these [past few] days; I'm just keeping a low profile. When all this is finished I'll explain everything to you.

"I apologise also to the British press if I couldn't speak with them either. I was sure that I would have concluded everything straight away, I've shown everyone that my offer was serious business.

"Now there are some minor issues, they're checking the paperwork. Maybe they've been surprised with me coming in with the best offer."

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