Spurs mull sharing Emirates Stadium


CHADLI-SCORESLONDON, September 11- Tottenham Hotspur are yet to openly discount the prospect of a highly controversial one-year ground share at the home of their local rivals Arsenal, sources have told ESPN.

Spurs have confirmed that they may play a season away from their White Hart Lane home as the club builds their new 56,250-capacity stadium, which was initially scheduled to open at the start of the 2017-18 campaign.

Delays in the building project means Tottenham are “highly likely” to spend a year at an alternative venue.

A club statement issued by Tottenham on Wednesday appeared to warn the club’s supporters that the choice of temporary home may not be popular, but they insisted they would consult with fans before confirming details.

“Clearly all possible options have pros and cons and we are aware that we shall not be able to find one which will please all parties,” read the statement. “We shall however seek to find the optimum solution for the club and our supporters and we shall be sharing our deliberations with our supporters at an appropriate time.”

Tottenham lost out to West Ham in the race to move to London’s Olympic Stadium in Stratford in 2011, forcing club officials to press forward with their expensive plans to build a new stadium on land adjacent to their current home.

Reports suggest Spurs may consider requesting a temporary move to the Olympic Stadium, but there is no guarantee that the Hammers would agree.

A move to the 30,500-capacity stadium used by Buckinghamshire-based League One side MK Dons, could be another option, while there have also been reports that they could look to use Wembley Stadium, which is less than 13 miles away from their current home.

Arsenal declined to comment on this story when approached by ESPN.