Spurs and Leyton Orient lose out to West Ham in bid for Olympic Stadium

Attempts by Tottenham Hotspur and Leyton Orient to block rival football club West Ham United’s move to the Olympic Stadium have failed.

The two football club’s could mount further legal challenges after their plea for a judicial review was rejected by a High Court judge.

Spurs and Orient started the legal battle after the Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC) board voted 14-0 in February to make the Hammers the first choice to move into the $776 million stadium.

Since then West Ham have been relegated from the lucrative Barclays Premier League and questions remain over whether they can make their proposed new home financially viable.

“We are pleased with the ruling and continue to make good progress in our negotiations with the preferred bidder in order to be in a position to agree the final terms for the stadium’s lease,” An OPLC spokesman said.

West Ham intend to convert the 80,000-seater stadium into a 60,000-capacity facility which retains an athletics track.

The club plans to move from nearby Upton Park in 2014/15 with a 250-year lease, and give a 250-year lease to UK Athletics.

Tottenham had proposed tearing down the stadium and building a new football-only venue on the site while Leyton Orient were concerned about the impact of another league club moving near their home ground.

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