New England Sport Ventures, the American company headed by John Henry, have welcomed today’s news at London’s high court and say they look forward to concluding the purchase of the club.
Today’s victory for the Royal Bank of Scotland over current owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett means the Reds board are now free to sell the club to whoever they want.
Chairman Martin Broughton hinted as he left court today that the board would discuss their options at a meeting tonight, but NESV say they already have a legally binding agreement for the £300million purchase.
“NESV welcomes today’s High Court judgment, which is a huge step forward for Liverpool FC,” said a statement from the Boston-based company.
“NESV has a binding agreement in place with the board of Liverpool FC and we are looking forward to concluding the deal.
“We are ready to move quickly and help create the stability and certainty which the club needs at this time. It is time to return the focus to the club itself and performances on the pitch.”
Singapore billionaire Peter Lim is said to have stepped in with a late, improved offer for the club. Lim’s offer would include an immediate £40million to spend on players.
“I am asking the board to run a full and fair process that enables all of the offers to be considered on their merits before the future of the club is decided,” he said.