Railway station ‘to be renamed Tottenham Hotspur’

A railway station near Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium is to be renamed after the football club, it has been reported.

Spurs have been telling potential commercial partners White Hart Lane station will be rebranded Tottenham Hotspur, according to The Guardian.

The club have been lobbying Transport for London (TfL) over the switch for more than two years.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan previously insisted Spurs should pay more than £14.7 million for the name change but it will not have to meet this asking price, The Guardian reported.

A spokesman for Mr Khan said: “The mayor does not support setting a precedent of selling off station names.

“However, a unique brand partnership between TfL and Tottenham Hotspur would benefit both TfL and Tottenham, supporting significant investment to create a new sport, leisure and entertainment destination as part of the wider regeneration of the area.

“TfL are still in discussions about this opportunity.”

A TfL spokeswoman said: “TfL has substantial experience in delivering successful commercial partnerships for the benefit of its customers and London in general.

“Opportunities of this nature are always thoroughly evaluated before completion to ensure that TfL delivers best value for its stakeholders.”

Spurs did not respond to a request for comment.

The club were originally due to move into their new 62,000-seater home in September last year, but the project has suffered delays.

Their first match at the venue will be against Crystal Palace on April 3.

It was reported sportswear brand Nike had bought the rights for the ground to be called the Nike Stadium but Spurs chairman Daniel Levy said no deal has been agreed.