Two new bids have been tabled to purchase Liverpool Football Club from Tom Hicks and George Gillett, it emerged this evening.
It is understood one of the bids is from Asia, and the other from America with the Royal Bank of Scotland’s deadline to recall money owed to them of 15th October coming swiftly.
The BBC reports this evening that a source close to the club said, “Both would significantly reduce the debt and give the current owners their original investment back.”
Liverpool have debts of over £350million, yet the current American owners are looking to secure finances and extend their tenure at Anfield – despite them officially place the club for sale back in April.
Some reports tonight claim the owner of American baseball side Boston Red Sox, John Henry, is one of the bidders.
An official statement from Liverpool FC was released on Tuesday evening:
The Board of Directors have received two excellent financial offers to buy the Club that would repay all its long-term debt. A Board meeting was called today to review these bids and approve a sale. Shortly 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 and Lori Kay McCutcheon.
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This matter is now subject to legal review and a further announcement will be made in due course.
Meanwhile Martin Broughton, Christian Purslow and Ian Ayre continue to explore every possible route to achieving a sale of the Club at the earliest opportunity.
Hicks and Gillett are clearly seeking to remove Purslow and Ayre in order to bring in their own people on the board and thus not accept any offers and remain in charge of the club.
Earlier this evening, movie director and Liverpool fan Mike Jefferies posted a viral video on YouTube showing Liverpool fans’ disgust for Hicks. Watch the video here.
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