SPURS have said they “welcome” the decision to scrap the deal to hand the Olympic Stadium to West Ham, after ministers said it would remain public property.

West Ham were handed the stadium in March after a bitter bidding process but after Spurs launched lengthy legal action against the Olympic Park Legacy Company, ministers decided to scrap the plan.

Tottenham were due at the High Court next Tuesday in the latest part of their bid to launch a judicial review against the decision.

In a statement, the club said: “We welcome the Olympic Park Legacy Company decision to end the current Olympic Stadium bid process.

“We firmly believe that the bid we put forward was, in fact, a realistic sporting solution for the stadium, along with a substantial return to the taxpayer, community programming and athletics provision.”

The stadium is now likely to be rented to a football team after the 2012 Games, with Mayor of London Boris Johnson saying earlier today that it would “almost certainly be West Ham”.