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Hammers set to discover Olympic Stadium fate

ESPN staff
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West Ham are hoping to be named preferred bidders for the Olympic Stadium © PA Photos
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West Ham will be informed on Wednesday if they have been successful in their application for tenancy of the Olympic Stadium in Stratford after a lengthy battle.

The Hammers want to leave their current Upton Park home and move into the nearby stadium in time for the beginning of the 2014-15 season, with the club's hierarchy and manager Sam Allardyce believing the move would help establish the east Londoners among the Premier League's elite.

The club have long been favourites to occupy the arena, which was the centrepiece of the London 2012 Olympic Games, but face competition from a group wanting to stage F1 racing, League One side Leyton Orient and a football school also under consideration.

Hammers' officials have been cautious in the lead up to Wednesday's decision by the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) having faced a number of false dawns already.

And even if West Ham are granted permission to move to the Stratford site, LLDC chief executive Dennis Hone recently admitted that it could be as late as the summer of 2016 before they play their first competitive match in the stadium.

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