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Syrian businessman Yahya Kirdi claims he has lost interest in taking control of struggling Liverpool.

 

Kirdi, who was fronting a group hoping to buy out Tom Hicks and George Gillett, claims the American duo's high asking price was putting off potential buyers.

 

Hicks and Gillett need to find a buyer before 15th October to repay their £282million loans to the Royal Bank of Scotland and Wachovia.

 

If they are unsuccessful then RBS are poised to take control of Liverpool, the asset against which the loans are secured, and sell the club themselves to recoup their cash.

 

Hicks and Gillett initially sought an asking price of around £800million for Liverpool, a figure that they subsequently dropped to £600million, but that has been too much for Kirdi.

 

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"Right now is not the time for me and my group to enter into any negotiations," Kirdi told Bloomberg.

 

"Once everyone is united and there's logic in the price and the overall deal, me and my group will be prepared to return to the table."

 

There had been some doubts over whether Kirdi was a real contender to buy Liverpool because he refused to name his backers and is a friend of Gillett's son Foster.

 

But Kirdi insists his bid to gain control at Anfield was genuine.

 

"I'm a serious man. I'm not playing but my group said they didn't want to go public because we haven't done the deal," added Kirdi.

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#LFC news - two bids - 1 asian, 1 US - discussed by the LFC board and another attempt by US owners Hicks and Gillett to refinance blocked.

 

Hicks and Gillett not keen on the offers. Have no further info on #LFC sale attempts. But sounds like it was an interesting day.

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This lad is a journo from Bloomberg i think.

 

Pretty good with his reports.

 

tariqpanja

 

Hicks and Gillett not keen on the offers. Have no further info on #LFC sale attempts. But sounds like it was an interesting day.

 

tariqpanja

 

#LFC news – two bids – 1 asian, 1 US – discussed by the LFC board and another attempt by US owners Hicks and Gillett to refinance blocked.

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#LFC news - two bids - 1 asian, 1 US - discussed by the LFC board and another attempt by US owners Hicks and Gillett to refinance blocked.

 

Hicks and Gillett not keen on the offers. Have no further info on #LFC sale attempts. But sounds like it was an interesting day.

 

Not keen?!!! Not fuckin keen?!!! Get out of our club you fuckin parasites!!!:telloff:

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Breaking: Hearing 2 new bids for LFC - one from Asia the other US - board held meeting today - H&G understood to be trying to oppose

 

 

from Dan Roan on BBC

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That cunt Harry Harris saying the bids have been accepted.

 

Liverpool on the brink of sale as two credible bids tabled - Barclays Premier League - ESPN Soccernet

 

ESPNsoccernet can reveal that Liverpool are on the brink of being sold after two new credible buyers tabled offers for the stricken Premier League giants, though that news is tempered by the fact that current owners George Gillett and Tom Hicks are refusing to walk away from the club with nothing.

 

The Liverpool supporters have never taken to co-owners George Gillett and Tom Hicks

 

The Liverpool board met on Tuesday to discuss which bid to accept, but while three members favoured a sale, the proposals are still being blocked by Hicks and Gillett. Months of abortive bids from across the globe - including offers from India, Canada and the Middle East, as well as speculation that the Chinese Government were even tabling a bid - all fell by the wayside as the buyers were unable to offer up proof of funds.

 

And it had looked as though the deadline set by the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) on October 15 - to call in their £237 million loans to Hicks and Gillett - could have seen the bank take control of the club or consider placing the company into administration, likely invoking a subsequent nine-point Premier League deduction.

 

With Liverpool having slipped into the relegation zone, lost to Northampton Town in the Carling Cup, and with manager Roy Hodgson under intense pressure after the poor results on the pitch, worries about no takeover being in sight had led to despair setting in at Anfield.

 

But potential new owners have finally emerged from the United States and Asia, with the bidders possessing the necessary credibility to convince chairman Martin Broughton to sell and save one of football's biggest institutions right in the nick of time.

 

Yet the fight is far from over, as ESPNsoccernet can also disclose that the outgoing American owners are desperately trying to block the bids because both Hicks and Gillett will be frozen out of receiving any money for their shares.

 

Chairman Martin Broughton, brought in to find a buyer by RBS, has insisted that prospective new owners of Liverpool would need the funds to bring in new players, and also to eventually build a new £400 million stadium.

 

Hicks and Gillett initially valued the club at £800 million, when they first revealed their intention to search for a buyer earlier this year, but it quickly became clear that such a sum was way beyond any true value.

 

The American duo claim that they are owed at least £150 million but will be shocked that the offers that Broughton, chief executive Christian Purslow and commercial director Ian Ayre are ready to accept do not include any money to pay off Hicks and Gillett.

 

It is a scenario that will delight Liverpool fans, who will want funds channelled into the club for players and the new stadium, and not back into the pockets of the detested Hicks and Gillett, who have been the target of widespread demonstrations at recent home matches at Anfield. However, on the evidence of recent machinations from the pair, including an attempted refinancing of the debt with American investment company Blackstone by Hicks, it seems highly unlikely that will go down without a fight.

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Well well well:

 

ESPNsoccernet can reveal that Liverpool are on the brink of being sold after two new credible buyers tabled offers for the stricken Premier League giants, though that news is tempered by the fact that current owners George Gillett and Tom Hicks are refusing to walk away from the club with nothing.

 

 

The Liverpool board met on Tuesday to discuss which bid to accept, but while three members favoured a sale, the proposals are still being blocked by Hicks and Gillett. Months of abortive bids from across the globe - including offers from India, Canada and the Middle East, as well as speculation that the Chinese Government were even tabling a bid - all fell by the wayside as the buyers were unable to offer up proof of funds.

And it had looked as though the deadline set by the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) on October 15 - to call in their £237 million loans to Hicks and Gillett - could have seen the bank take control of the club or consider placing the company into administration, likely invoking a subsequent nine-point Premier League deduction.

With Liverpool having slipped into the relegation zone, lost to Northampton Town in the Carling Cup, and with manager Roy Hodgson under intense pressure after the poor results on the pitch, worries about no takeover being in sight had led to despair setting in at Anfield.

But potential new owners have finally emerged from the United States and Asia, with the bidders possessing the necessary credibility to convince chairman Martin Broughton to sell and save one of football's biggest institutions right in the nick of time.

Yet the fight is far from over, as ESPNsoccernet can also disclose that the outgoing American owners are desperately trying to block the bids because both Hicks and Gillett will be frozen out of receiving any money for their shares.

Chairman Martin Broughton, brought in to find a buyer by RBS, has insisted that prospective new owners of Liverpool would need the funds to bring in new players, and also to eventually build a new £400 million stadium.

Hicks and Gillett initially valued the club at £800 million, when they first revealed their intention to search for a buyer earlier this year, but it quickly became clear that such a sum was way beyond any true value.

The American duo claim that they are owed at least £150 million but will be shocked that the offers that Broughton, chief executive Christian Purslow and commercial director Ian Ayre are ready to accept do not include any money to pay off Hicks and Gillett.

It is a scenario that will delight Liverpool fans, who will want funds channelled into the club for players and the new stadium, and not back into the pockets of the detested Hicks and Gillett, who have been the target of widespread demonstrations at recent home matches at Anfield. However, on the evidence of recent machinations from the pair, including an attempted refinancing of the debt with American investment company Blackstone by Hicks, it seems highly unlikely that will go down without a fight.

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