Wasps ‘close’ to agreeing takeover which could see club leave Wycombe?

Aylesbury boy Sam Jones could be moving to London from Wycombe with Wasps   Photo: Richard Lane/Richard Lane Photography
Aylesbury boy Sam Jones could be moving to London from Wycombe with Wasps Photo: Richard Lane/Richard Lane Photography
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Fans of London Wasps will face a longer journey to see their beloved team play if the club completes an expected multi-million pound takeover which could see them move to London from their Buckinghamshire home.

Reports at the weekend say the Aviva Premiership side, who draw a large number of fans from Aylesbury Vale, could move from Adams Park in High Wycombe to a new stadium in West London.

It would mean a move for Wasps’ Aylesbury boys Sam Jones and Jack Wallace, who both went to Aylesbury Grammar School and started their careers at the town’s rugby club.

Irish businessman Derek Richardson has reportedly made a move to become the club’s majority shareholder, with the deal ‘expected to come to fruition in the next two weeks’ as reported in the national press.

Richardson already invested £1 million into the club back in January to help minimise the club’s debt and has been in discussions with Wasps for a number of months about a possible takeover.

Reports said the cash injection would bring ‘long-term financial stability as well as provide the funds to upgrade to a new stadium, which the side would potentially share with Brentford Football Club’.

According to reports in The Telegraph, the two clubs could join together to invest in a new 20,000 seater stadium at Lionel Road in Kew for the start of the 2016-17 season.

The club are currently locked into their contract at Adams Park, which they share with Wycombe Wanderers Football Club, for the next two seasons but have already started to look for alternatives. Former owner Steve Hayes attempted to sell the club in 2011 after plans to build a new stadium at Wycombe Airfield were dashed over planning permission.