Leyton Orient 'applies for London 2012 Olympic Stadium'

Leyton Orient worry it is a foregone conclusion that West Ham will be the next tenants

Leyton Orient says it is applying to move to the Olympic Stadium - after the deal handing it to West Ham collapsed.

The Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC) cancelled the original deal, blaming delays caused by a legal dispute with Tottenham Hotspur.

Spurs had launched a bid for a judicial review into the decision after its own campaign to move to the venue was overlooked in favour of the Hammers.

But Orient said it would only move if the athletics track was covered.

The club's chairman, Barry Hearn, said: "We want to see if we can get around the athletics track.

"It has to stay, we know that.

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"But can we build up, not down, and see if it's possible to get it covered while we play?"

West Ham has already said it still hopes to move into the stadium after the games.

Tottenham Hotspur is negotiating with the Mayor of London for public money to help it develop a new ground in Tottenham.

On Monday the club withdrew its bid for a judicial review into the handing of the Olympic Stadium to West Ham, according to a government spokeswoman.

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