Liverpool take over battle gets murkier with arrival of mystery bidder

October 6th, 2010 - 5:44 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Oct 6 (ANI): The Liverpool takeover battle has got murkier with reports of a mystery bidder close to buying ‘99 per cent’ stakes.

Liverpool chiefs Tom Hicks and George Gillett on Tuesday tried to oust two top board members who they believe are trying to accept one of the takeover bids against their wishes.

An official club statement confirmed that “The board of directors have received two excellent offers to buy the club that would repay all its long-term debt. A board meeting was called today to review these bids.”

“Prior to the meeting, the owners - Tom Hicks and George Gillett - sought to remove managing director Christian Purslow and commercial director Ian Ayre from the board, seeking to replace them with Mack Hicks (his son) and Lori Kay McCutcheon (an employee of Hicks).

“This matter is now subject to legal review and a further announcement will be made in due course. Meanwhile, Martin Broughton, Christian and Ian continue to explore every route to achieving a sale of the club at the earliest opportunity,” The Sun quoted the statement, as saying.

One of many rumours at the club suggests this might be the return of Chinese businessman Kenny Huang.

He made a 300 million pounds offer to buy the club earlier this year but scrapped it amid claims he was being financed by the Chinese Government.

Multi-millionaire Henry, who heads the New England Sports Ventures group, is also thought to have made his move yesterday, although Liverpool did not confirm this. (ANI)

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