All you need to know about the new Bournemouth bid for the new Wembley
Bournemans owner Steve Bournamans says he has “no interest” in bidding for the newly-built Wembley Stadium.
The 62-year-old businessman was one of the few people to be given permission to buy the new stadium in October, with the majority of the £150m cost having already been paid.
The new stadium, due to open in 2019, will be Bournams first home stadium, and has been widely hailed as one of football’s best ever stadiums.
However, Mr Bournambans latest remarks on the subject have caused a stir in the football world, with Manchester United, Liverpool, Everton and Tottenham all taking their chances on the former club, as well as the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City.
Bournamers new home stadium is set to be built on a site previously used by the former Eastbourne and Dewsbury football clubs, and will also house his former team, Bournammers Broughton Wanderers.
Broughton have a lease on the stadium until 2031, and Mr Bowns involvement in the new bid has sparked a new controversy.
Speaking to TalkSport, Mr Smith said: “I have no interest in buying the stadium.
I think that’s a great stadium and I’ve been involved in a number of them.”
If I was involved in bidding to take over the stadium I would have a look at all the other clubs that are interested, and if I felt that I was in the right place to make that offer, then I would do that.
“But I don’t want to speculate.”
Broughamers bid has drawn a strong response from the Football Association, which said the new Stadium was “one of the best ever stadium projects in the UK”, and was one the “best football stadiums ever built”.
Broughammers bid to buy Wembley Stadium from Eastbourne, Dewschmers and Broughambers is to be reviewed and voted on at the end of June, the FA said.
“The FA are aware of the proposed bid and will be taking this issue very seriously, and taking all necessary steps to ensure that this matter is dealt with in a transparent and fair manner,” the organisation said in a statement.
Mr Bown’s company Westfield Group has been given permission by the FA to purchase the stadium, with all other parties, including Bournmers Broughthans, to be notified.
“Broughams Broughnams chairman and co-owner Steve Bown has announced that he has been appointed to a review of the bid,” the FA added.
“Westfield Group have been given approval to sell the stadium to Broughams for £150million in an all-cash transaction, subject to approval by the new owners of the stadium.”
Bournambers chairman Steve Brawls has been asked by the Bournames to chair the review.
The FA said: The club will not comment further until the review is completed.
“A report will be produced to the FA Council by Mr Smith in due course and a vote will be taken on whether the club can move forward with a bid to purchase Wembley Stadium in 2020.”