West Ham deny Red Bull takeover claims

West Ham have insisted that there is no truth in claims that they are set to be taken over by energy drink company Red Bull. 

The announcement comes after The Sun reported that Red Bull were planning to splash £200 million in order to become the new owners of the Premier League outfit. 

However, it is understood that the Hammers have not received any signals that co-owners David Gold and David Sullivan are interested in selling the club. 

Gold and Sullivan bought a majority stake in West Ham in January 2010 for an estimated £105 million. 

There has also been speculation that a Chinese takeover bid for the London club was in the offing.

This is not the first time that the drinks maker has been linked to an English club as in the past, there have been reports of their interest in taking over Leeds United, Brentford, Charlton Athletic and Swindon Town. 

The Austrian-based company currently own a number of football teams around the world, including RB Leipzig,  New York Red Bulls,  Red Bull Salzburg and Red Bull Brasil.

Uefa rules state that a single entity cannot own more than one club in Europe outright because of the possibility of teams drawing each other in European competition, although entities are allowed to become a major shareholder.

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