Spurs to drop stadium appeal

TOTTENHAM are expected to abandon their legal battle over the Olympic Stadium and could do so as early as today – clearing the way for West Ham to move in after London 2012.

Spurs are instead likely to revert to plans to build a new stadium next to their current home White Hart Lane, contingent on Mayor Boris Johnson freeing up public sector cash to aid the project.

The north Londoners are due in the High Court today for the latest round of their legal challenge to West Ham’s selection as preferred bidders for the brand new £530m venue in the Olympic Park.

But the appeal looked set to be dropped providing talks last night between Tottenham chiefs and the Mayor’s office succeeded in breaking a long-running impasse over how much central funding the club will be granted.

The outcome suits all parties, with ceaseless campaigning helping Spurs achieve the help they have always felt entitled to, while West Ham will toast a hugely significant hurdle cleared.

Spurs argue they should not have to pay for all upgrades to transport links a new stadium would entail.