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RBS deny Liverpool sale talks

2010-08-02 19:57

London - Liverpool's major creditor, Royal Bank of Scotland, on Monday denied they were in talks with a Chinese businessman over the sale of the Premier League club.

But a source close to Chinese businessman Kenny Huang told Reuters talks to buy Liverpool's £237m debt with RBS were under way as a first step towards a purchase deal for the 18-times English champions.

British media have widely reported that Huang, a Guangdong-born U.S. citizen who already has interests in Chinese baseball and U.S. basketball, had approached the bank as part of a scheme to eventually acquire control of the club.

But an RBS spokesman told Reuters: "We are not in talks with any bidder about the sale of Liverpool football club."

Asked about the denial, the source insisted Huang wanted to buy the Anfield club, who were put up for sale by unpopular American owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett in April.

Huang, chairman of the Hong Kong-based QSL Sports Group, has not commented on the deal but appointed a British media relations firm to represent his interest in the five-times European champions.

Liverpool's owners, who bought the club in February 2007 from former owner David Moores for £218.9m, instructed Barclays Capital to find a buyer in April and appointed British Airways chief Martin Broughton as chairman to oversee the sale.

Barclays Capital refused comment on Monday.

The American duo have faced intense criticism and hostility from Liverpool fans, with frequent demands for their removal, after loading the club with huge debts.

Huang issued a statement in March denying comments attributed to him in the British media about the future of then Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez but declining comment on his interest in purchasing the club.

He also owns a minority share in the U.S. basketball team Cleveland Cavaliers.

Media reports have linked Syrian businessman and former international footballer Yahya Kirdi with a deal for Liverpool, who suffered a dismal campaign last season, finishing in seventh place and missing out on a lucrative Champions League spot.

Reuters

Comments
  • Shankly's Kin - 2010-08-03 10:04

    I really hope someone comes in soon - whether its an Arab or a Commie, just as long as its not a yank!! The sooner they're out, the better.

  • TRUE Red - 2010-08-03 10:51

    Shanks, note that he is a US Citizen mate. I couldn't care who it is as long as these 2 lying lying yanks get OUT !

  • Shankly's Kin - 2010-08-03 12:00

    Well, he wasn't born there, so that's good enough for me. He could be Chairman Mao for all I care. Just as long as he has the club’s best intrests at heart, and has the cash to take us forward. That’s all we can ask for. And as soon as the ownership thing is out of the way, I’m certain we’ll go from strength to strength. Let’s hope Roy can work miracles this season. I for one, would not like to be out of the top four again. It’s ludicrous that we’re where we are, and in my opinion, all thanks to the yanks for not providing cash for re-enforcements to our squad (09/10 was supposed to be our year). Rafa was just the patsy.

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