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Bid for Leeds put on ice

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The bid by a mystery Middle East consortium for Leeds United has effectively been put on ice with the exclusivity period enjoyed by them coming to an end.   The club is prepared to continue discussions, but the ball is very much in the court of the prospective purchasers.

With finances tight at Elland Road, the club has made it clear that it is open to other offers, although an earlier expression of interest from the United States came to nothing after an exploratort visit.

There has been some unconfirmed speculation that the Middle East consortium has also been looking at Charlton Athletic.   In that case it would be a choice between a stand alone club in a major provincial city with a long football pedigree and a riskier gamble on potential in the crowded London football market, albeit that Charlton's appeal extends into the more prosperous parts of Kent.