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Hull sale closer

The sale of Hull City moved closer after a 'heads of agreement' document was filed with the Hong Kong stock exchange.  A Far East consortium is prepared to pay £130m for the club.

The buying consortium, GreaterChina, says that it sees 'unparalleled opportunities' to promote the club to a Chinese audience.  

They would face competition for that audience from the growing number of English owners of Chinese clubs.   It is a big market, the biggest available, but it has its limits.

Forest sale would have some unusual conditions

The owners of football clubs sometimes have some unrealistic expectations about the price their club might fetch when they try to sell.   However, the conditions apparently being attached to the sale of Nottingham Forest are among the most extraordinary I can recall.

Football game takes Brexit on board

The latest version of the popular game Football Manager has been adjusted to take account of the possible consequences of Brexit.   Three main alternative scenarios have been built into the game.

The case for radical reform

This blog essay from Speri at the University of Sheffield sees 3rd party ownership of players as highlighing the issues that arise from the intertwining of football and capitalism.  It says that the transfer system does not redistribute resources between clubs, although that is not really its purpose.

City control wage bill

Manchester City have dropped far behind Manchester United in terms of overall wage bill, the club's annual report shows.  City, who once had the largest Premier League salary costs. had a wage bill of £196m, putting them on a par with Arsenal and below United's figure of £232m for 2015/16 and Chelsea's £215m for the previous season.

Wages amounted to 50 per cent of turnover, the figure recommended by accountants Deloitte.  Three years ago City were penalised by Uefa for breaching financial fair play rules.

Birmingham City takeover completed

The takeover of Birmingham City by Trillion Trophy Asia has at last been completed after a 16 month process.  It ends the seven year period of ownership of Carson Yeung who was jailed for money laundering in 2014.  The deal values the club at £12.3m.

New effort to sell Notts County

Notts County chairman and majority shareholder Ray Trew has made a new effort to sell the club.   He has approached local businessman Alan Hardy who has made two bids for the club in the past.  He thinks that the world's old professional team has the potential to reach the Championship

Trew has had talks with potential buyers from China and the United States and also with a UK hedge fund, but these do not seem to have gone anywhere.

Trew originally put a price tag of £8m to £10m on the club.

New Chelsea kit sponsorship deal

Chelsea has signed a kit sponsorship deal with Nike worth £900m, the largest of its kind in the Premier League.  The 15-year deal is reported to be worth £60m a year.

The size of the contract reflects the rapid rise in the cost of football kit and sponsorship deals as the international audience for Premier League games has grown.

Chelsea ended its previous kit relationship with Adidas in May.   That deal had been worth £300m over ten years, but the club decided that it was well below market value.   

Spurs want to rename station

Spurs want to change the name of White Hart Lane station to 'Tottenham Hotspur' in time for their move into their new stadium.   They are also exploring changing the name of a section of road leading from the station to the junction with Tottenham High Road.

Spurs are confident that they can secure the change for less than the £12m fee that Transport for London have asked for.   TfL plan to carry out major improvement works to the station including a new entrance and ticket hall.   White Hart Lane has never been an easy ground to get away from.

Liverpool introduce Academy wage cap

Liverpool have introduced a wage cap of £40,000 for their 17-year old first year professionals.  This compares well with median gross annual earnings for full-time employees of £27,195.  The amount paid can increase with bonuses.   It is understood that Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur have similar policies.