West Ham could still share the Olympic stadium with Leyton Orient, despite thoughts that the possibility was fading, according to reports.

Orient chairman Barry Hearn revealed the news following a meeting that took place with the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC).

The most notable revelation is that West Ham would have no choice.

Hearn revealed: "West Ham have no say about it, that was the most important thing that came out of the meeting.

"I was not sure if West Ham were guaranteed to be the only football club using the stadium and the breakthrough news for me was that the answer is no, they are just a tenant.

"It is a little light at the end of the tunnel, at least we know there are no legal restrictions to us playing there and the next step is to see what the price would be and then make a decision."

Hearn also made it clear it would be a simple task to fit Orient's fixtures around West Ham's, and that isn't a viable reason for the exclusion of the O's from the Olympic Stadium.

The issue of the future of the Olympic stadium has been a long, drawn out process which isn't going to end very soon, as an LLDC spokesman said: "We will be appointing an organisation next autumn to manage, maintain and operate the Stadium and programme activities and events.

"Once they are appointed Leyton Orient are free, as are anyone, to approach the operator to discuss using the Stadium. If long-term use is proposed this would be subject to a further competitive process."


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