From Monday’s edition of The Sun…
AMERICAN presidential candidate Barack Obama is a secret West Ham fan.
Mr Obama, 46 – battling Hillary Clinton for the Democrats’ nomination – has been following the Hammers ever since a visit to Britain more than five years ago.
And he keeps in touch with the fortunes of Alan Curbishley’s side through his relatives in England – who are all Hammers fanatics.
The Kent-based clan – related to the US senator after his sister married an Englishman – now hope Mr Obama will be singing the club’s famous anthem “I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles” all the way to the White House.
The Obama campaign team recently revealed he is a massive football fan and was a nifty player himself while a student at Harvard Law School.
Mr Obama – bidding to become America’s first black President – watches Premier League games whenever his schedule allows, as long as matches don’t clash with his other great love – basketball.
A campaign source said: “Obama is a big sports nut and loves his soccer. He never really followed it, though, until he was told all about the passion of West Ham fans by some of his English relatives.
“He is always keen to find out how his adopted club are getting on.”
Rival Hillary, 60, has been linked with Manchester United after hubby Bill, the ex-President, revealed during a UK book tour that the Reds were his favourite team.
My allegiances are being rapidly transferred from Rudy Giuliani…