West Ham have revealed that they are holding “exploratory discussions” over a possible takeover.
The move comes within hours of their remarkable transfer coup which saw the club bring Argentine pair Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano to Upton Park.
“Discussions are at an early stage and there can be no certainty that an offer for West Ham will be forthcoming,” said a club statement to the Stock Exchange.
“The board also confirms that there is no contractual link between the signing of the players (Tevez and Mascherano) and the bid discussions.”
Media Sport Investment (MSI) owned the rights to the Argentine duo, who signed from Corinthians on transfer deadline day.
Kia Joorabchian is the president of Media Sport Investment and was involved in takeover discussions with West Ham last November, before withdrawing when the respective parties were unable to reach agreement on the valuation of the club.
West Ham would not reveal who they were in discussions with about the possible takeover.