By Jonathan Davies

An American Football franchise based in London could be 'worth more than £100m' to the UK economy, according to a report by Deloitte.

Deloitte's report said that the two National Football League (NFL) matches held at Wembley Stadium in London in 2013 brought in an extra £32m for London.

The report also suggests that that figure could rise to £58m if the anticipated "International Series" takes place in 2016 which will see four games played in Wembley.

With the success of the NFL games in London, speculation over a London-based franchise being introduced by 2022 has intensified in recent months.

If that happens, there will be at least eight NFL games played in London, which could bring the economic benefit to £102m a year, according to Deloitte.

Last week, the Chancellor George Osborne said he would do everything he could to establish a permanent team in London.

"The NFL games at Wembley have been a huge success showing that there is a big, growing fan-base for the sport in the UK," said Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, who launched the report.

"If the NFL decide that the time is right to base a team overseas, London and the UK will welcome it with open arms."

The Football Association (FA) is understood to be keen on the deal as it struggles to pay-off the construction of Wembley Stadium. A key FA official has already suggested that the England national football team may take its home matches 'on tour', rather than play at Wembley when its current tenancy runs out in 2017.

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