Chelsea explore Olympic Stadium groundshare with West Ham

By Dan RoanBBC sports editor
West Ham give Boleyn Ground Hollywood ending

Chelsea could groundshare with London rivals West Ham at the Olympic Stadium while their new stadium is built.

The Blues want to relocate to Wembley for three years and a £20m-a-year deal has reportedly been agreed.

But they have also held talks with the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) about a temporary move to the Olympic Stadium, which will become West Ham's home from next season.

Chelsea are also understood to be considering a switch to Twickenham.

Olympic Stadium
West Ham move into their new home next season after playing their final match at Upton Park on Tuesday

Officials from the Stamford Bridge club held a meeting with LLDC chiefs at the end of last year, although no final decision has yet been reached and a groundshare with the Hammers is thought to be unlikely.

West Ham would need to agree to such a move, but their tenancy contract with the LLDC does allow for such an arrangement.

It would mean West Ham receiving a significant discount on their £2.5m-a-year rent for the 60,000-seater stadium.

West Ham will pay the sum each year over the 99-year lease.

The club were awarded tenancy of the London 2012 stadium in 2013 - and at least £272m has been spent to convert the site for use as a Premier League ground.

West Ham have contributed £15m towards those costs, with the deal made public following a legal battle involving owners LLDC.

West Ham post-match celebrations
West Ham held a 45-minute celebration of Upton Park after full-time

The club played their last game at the 35,000-seater Upton Park, also know as the Boleyn Ground, on Tuesday, fighting back to beat Manchester United 3-2.

Slaven Bilic's Hammers side finish their season at Stoke City on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Tottenham are close to a deal with the Football Association to play their 2017-18 home games at Wembley while their new stadium is completed.

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