Leyton Orient chairman Barry Hearn has not given up hope on ground-sharing the Olympic Stadium with West Ham United ahead of a judicial review tomorrow, according to The London Evening Standard.

The Hammers were awarded sole tenancy by the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC), but Hearn is disputing that decision in the High Court.

Orient's bid to share was rejected on the grounds that it would cost the tax payer to host their games, as their offer of rent was significantly lower than their London neighbours.

Orient, who are top of League One, are keen to move into the 80,000 capacity stadium despite only attracting an average of 4,002 at their current Brisbane Road home last season.

Hearn believes it would be "stupid" to block The O's bid as he believes the two clubs could both be in the Championship next season.

He said:  "The whole thing is so ridiculously lacking in common sense."

“Let’s just share it, let’s get the maximum value out of the taxpayers’ pound. Of course, it makes it even more stupid if we were to get promotion to the Championship.

“I don’t want to see West Ham get relegated, but it’s a tough League and if they went down, you could have a local derby with both teams in the Championship."

“We have built this fantastic stadium, let’s just share it like they do everywhere else in Europe. I don’t understand the rationale of turning us down.”

West Ham are currently 10th in the Premier League and have lost only once this season so far.

They will definitely be moving from Upton Park to the site at Stratford, although they are now unsure whether they will have some unwanted roommates.   

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