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Swansea City takeover unlikely to proceed

Swansea City can celebrate with justification after completing the double over Manchester United and staying in the top half of the table all season, no mean feat from a city (known in Welsh as Abertawe) that is not that large or that prosperous.   The club has, however, clearly been well run after recovering from some dark days.

Unhappy days at Orient

Last season Leyton Orient were contenders for promotion.   This year they are bottom of League 1.  The Italian takeover of the club does not seem to have worked well.  Even team talks are being given in Italian.

In one bizarre development, the club has been given its own reality television show in Italy which could lead to a player contract.   Owner Francesco Becchetti thinks it will raise the profile of the club and perhaps produce good players.

Modi wants to buy stake in Rangers

Lalit Modi, the commissioner of cricket in the Indian Premier League, is interested in buying a 26.6 per cent stake in Rangers.   He thinks that the club is currently under valued.   He is targeting the shares held by the Easdale brothers.

Talks are at a very preliminary stage, but some argue that events in his past do not make him a suitable person to be involved in a football club.

Tuna tycoon takes over Owls

Thai tycoon Dejphon Chansiri has purchased Sheffield Wednesday.   His family controls Thai Union Frozen Products, the world's largest producer of canned tuna and one of the biggest worldwide general seafood producers.   It owns the John West brand in the UK.

The value of the deal was reported to be about £30m.   The club lost £3.7m in the 2012-13 season, which is quite a low figure compared with some Championship clubs, on turnover of £15m,  It had £11m in debt.

American takeover at Bradford PA

One time Football League club Bradford Park Avenue are the latest Conference club to experience an American takeover.   Barrow and Alfreton Town already have investors from the US.

First Chinese stake in top flight European club

Wang Jialin, chairman of the Dailan Wanda property group, is to buy a stake in Atlético Madrid.   This represents the first Chinese investment in a top flight European club.   It should help Atlético to build a fan base and attract sponsors in the key Chinese market.

Wang Jialiin is China's second richest man with personal wealth estimated at $13.2 billion.  His ambition is to build a global entertainment empire stretching from China to Hollywood.   Last year his group bought the landmark Edificio Espana tower in central Madrid for €265m.

'We want to buy a club'

Today's edition of The Non-League Paper carries the following advert: 'Small cartel of local businessmen are looking to acquire or take the majority interest in a non league football club.  Ideally in or around the M25 but all responses considered.  Our aim is to build a club both on and off the field and try to achieve League Two status.'

Rangers reject takeover offer

The Rangers board has rejected a takeover offer from American Robert Sarver who has an interest in the NBA side Phoenix Suns.   The Suns have not done outstandingly well, but Mr Sarver is also a banker.  He is chairman and chief executive of Western Alliance Bancorp.   It is a small bank based in Arizona despite the rather grandiose title, but the shares have gone up 600 per cent in five years.

Three Bears take Rangers stake

The so-called Three Bears consortium has acquired a 16 per cent stake in Rangers, making them the largest shareholders in the club,   The consortium is made up of Scottish businessmen George Letham, Douglas Park and George Turner.   Its involvement offers the club a new way forward without the complications associated with Mike Ashley's attempts to take control.

Could Qatar bid for Spurs?

Qatar currently lacks a Premiership football club in its trophy cabinet.   Reports are circulating that they may be interested in acquiring Spurs, an interest being stimulated by London mayor Boris Johnson.  He sees the new stadium at White Hart Lane as key to the deprived area's regeneration, but at the moment the project is stalled.

Qatar Sports Investments, which owns Paris Saint Germain, has said that its focus is there and it is not interested in investing in Spurs or any other European club.  But that does not rule out interest from other Qatari entities.