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Wanderers fans seek to buy club

Bolton Wanderers Supporters' Trust have launched an attempt to acquire the club from Eddie Davies wih the support of local institutions and businesses.   Talks with the Sports Shield consortium led by Dean Holdsworth have not so far produced a solution for the financially troubled club.

German investors interested in Bradford City

A group of German investors is reported to be interested in taking a stake in Bradford City.  Interest from German investors in English clubs is relatively unusual.

No imminent developments are expected from the talks with the German investors.   They surfaced last summer and attended a home game late last year.

Last summer a takeover bid headed by former QPR chairman Gianna Paladani came to nothing.

Everton sale may be close

William Hill Betting are reporting that a sale of Everton FC may be close to being agreed.   The relatively complex ownership structure of the club might mean that a sale could take some time to complete.

American investors steam in to English Football

Hard nosed American investors are replacing the oligarchs and egoists who have invested in English football over the last twenty years.   If the deal at Everton goes ahead, eight of the twenty Premier League clubs will have investors from the US.

Last chance saloon for Charlton

Charlton fanzine editor Rick Everitt reckons that Charlton are in the last chance saloon.   There is the chance of a takeover in the January transfer window that could transform the fortunes of the relegation threatened club.

In the latest issue of Voice of the Valley, Everitt revealed an exchange of e mails between former Charlton chief executive Peter Varney and the current incumbent Katrien Miere.   Varney was trying to set up a meeting to discuss an investment proposal, but effectively got the brush off.

Why American investors are interested in the EPL

Top football journalist David Conn considers why American investors are interested in the EPL as the Barclays Premier League is known in the States, despite the fact that soccer is not a top sport there.

Seven Premiership clubs have American investors with Everton likely to join them.  The main attraction is to make money on the increasing capital value of the clubs, something that has worked well for the Glazers at Manchester United.

£200m American bid for Everton

If there is a Premier League club that merits the label of 'sleeping giant' it is Everton.  Goodison Park badly needs investment or even a replacement.   The board has been trying to attract investors for years, but without success.

Now it looks as if American investors may be coming into the club, following the recent example of Crystal Palace.   The travails of Randy Lerner at Aston Villa or the challenges faced by Fenway Sports Group at Liverpool don't seem to have put them off.

Palace deal completed

The deal for a consortium of American sports investors to take a stake in Crystal Palace has finally been completed - and it's bigger than expected.

70 per cent of Palace shares have changed hands in a deal which will give the investors a controlling stake.   The cost was £100m and they will put in £50m to upgrade Selhurst Park and invest in the playing squad.

Steve Parish will, however, continue to be involved in all major decisions.

Leeds and Wolves are best buys

A football finance expert reckons that Wolves and Leeds represent the best remaining investment opportunities among big clubs and are certainly the most attractive purchases in the Championship.

Port Vale up for sale

Port Vale have been put up for sale following their defeat in the FA Cup at Exeter on Saturday.  Chairman Norman Smurthwaite has pumped in 800k since he took over, initially with a business partner in 2012 and then as sole owner from 2013.

He clearly thinks he has not got value for money with Burton Albion topping the table on a 30 per cent smaller budget.