Takeover will take time to get perfect, admits Purslow

Liverpool managing director Christian Purslow revealed today that the board are in no rush to accept a takeover offer for the club, stressing how important it is to get the decision right.

The Reds have been the subject of several rumoured bids and interest from consortiums around the world, after current owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett announced their intentions to sell the club in April.

Many had hoped a deal would go through before the end of the transfer window, to allow new Reds boss Roy Hodgson money to spend on new players for the 2010/11 campaign.

But Purslow told BBC Radio 5 Live this morning, “We have had a number of bids and will take time to examine those extremely carefully.

“I am not going to put a time limit on it. The challenge now is to sort the wheat from the chaff.

“We will make sure we take our time. We have just received some written bids at this stage, and it would be wrong to characterise anybody as a front-runner.”

Purslow also denied that the club’s bankers, the Royal Bank of Scotland, were preparing a bid of their own for the club.

“We have excellent relations with our lead bankers RBS, we’ve been in constant dialogue with them, and I am extremely comfortable with that working relationship,” he added.