West Ham co-owner David Sullivan's £600m valuation of the club is putting off parties interested in a potential takeover, according to one report.
The Hammers were taken over by former Birmingham City owner Sullivan, and his business partner David Gold, in January 2010, with the duo revealing at the time that they had a 'seven-year plan to get them into the Champions League'.
Those ambitious plans have failed to materialise, with the Hammers instead suffering relegation during their second season at the club. Immediate promotion back to the Premier League followed, but a move to the London Stadium in 2016 has failed to push the club on to the next level.
Current manager Manuel Pellegrini is under pressure after a string of sub-standard performances, but journalist Sam Inkersole claims that one thing that is set in stone is the club staying in Sullivan and Gold's hands.
He revealed in a Q&A for football.london his belief that the owners are keen to stay, suggesting their lofty valuation of West Ham is enough to put off any potential suitors.
“The duo won’t be selling any time soon and I think Sullivan’s £600m valuation, without even owning their home stadium, is plenty to put enough potential suitors to take over off.
“They will never spend beyond their means so while the club has shelled out £150m in the last two windows, they have also sold players to make up for that.
"I still believe they have good intentions but breaking into the top five or six on a regular basis is going to be a tall order unless they commit a lot more cash to the project.”
The Hammers have spent large sums of money over the past two years, forking out over £150m to bring the likes of Sebastien Haller, Felipe Anderson, Pablo Fornals and Andriy Yarmolenko to the club.
But a number of departures have helped finance those purchases, with the trimming down of the club's wage bill, as well as selling a number of fringe players, helping to balance the books.
The international break will be seen as an opportunity for Pellegrini to rethink his tactics before the Hammers host Tottenham in what's expected to be a closely contested London derby between two sides failing to meet expectations, before games with Chelsea and Wolves.