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The 70-year-old former England striker played at the club for 13 years and believes the move is required to take the club to the next level, despite fond memories of Upton Park

Former West Ham striker Sir Geoff Hurst has stated that the Hammers' proposed move to the Olympic Stadium is in the club's best interests.

Sir Geoff played for the Irons between 1959 and 1972, scoring 248 goals for the club and believes that while moving to a new stadium may be a divisive subject for most fans, it is necessary when looking to the future.

"I have more memories of the place than most but there won’t be much sadness,” Hurst told The London Evening Standard.

"I firmly believe that things don’t stay the same for ever and you have to move on in life.

"I strongly believe the move would benefit both the club and local area and, if we’re talking about legacy, would ensure the stadium is used consistently well for the next 100 years.

"West Ham apart, no one could give that sort of guarantee. It would give both the stadium and the local community full support."

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The current running track, that must remain as part of the stadium's legacy plan, has been highlighted as a potential issue in any move as it leaves the fans further away from the action, but Sir Geoff believes this is a problem that can be overcome.

He continued: "There are so many positives but I can understand some of the fans’ uncertainty about how far they would be away from the action, particularly after the close confines of Upton Park.

"I believe the club have plans to bring the supporters closer to the pitch at the new stadium, though, and I am sure that is the case.

"This is not a two-minute job. This is a long-term plan and involves a long-term relationship. I would hope that this magnificent new stadium will be the home of West Ham United for the next 100 years.

"Nothing is insurmountable if you have the will to make things better.

"If you want to be a top Premier League club, which is our aim and with our fanbase a realistic ambition, then you have to encourage more people to come and watch West Ham with improved facilities and better access.

"I was fortunate enough to be invited to the Usain Bolt 100 metres Olympic final. I just wish every West Ham supporter could have been there because it was just a fantastic atmosphere which the Hammers fans could strive to emulate because they will play a big part in this, as they always do

"A club like ours, with the support we get and the links to the local community, would be the perfect fit. The stadium is in our manor and the local legacy is crucial."

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