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|Last Updated 12 Nov 2008||
Next Release 17 Dec 200
Premier League takeover broker Keith Harris believes Liverpool could go into financial meltdown in January and might be forced to sell up.
Harris, who has masterminded deals for Chelsea, Aston Villa, Hull City, West Ham United and Manchester City and is currently seeking buyers for Newcastle United and Everton, claims that the Reds could be severely affected by the global credit crunch.
Bickering Liverpool owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett have two months to pay back a reported £350million worth of debt and with refinancing packages and new financial stakeholders getting harder and harder to find the Merseyside club might have to offload star players to pay off the debt.
The worse case scenario would be for the banks to consider repossessing the club if the payments cannot be met.
"The one that worries me is Liverpool," said Harris. "Liverpool's debt is due in January, with maybe a six-month extension."
"The two banks which are the principal lenders - the Royal Bank of Scotland and Wachovia - are two of those that have suffered. Whether they want to lend it again or not, they may not be able to."
Harris, chairman of Seymour Pierce investment bank and a former Football League chairman, has also admitted that Everton and Newcastle are no closer to finding a buyer.
"It has never been more difficult to find buyers," explained Harris.
"It's no longer a question of price negotiation - it's should we? People are wondering if now is the time to spend."
Los Angeles Galaxy owner Philip Anschutz was linked by a number of newspapers with a possible bid for Newcastle as part of a US consortia but the owner of AEG denied the reports on Wednesday.
"Neither AEG nor anyone affiliated with the organisation are in negotiations or are contemplating the purchase of Newcastle United Football Club," the billionaire said in a statement.
|Didier Drogba was forced to apologise for throwing a coin at Burnley fans after making an obscene gesture as Chelsea were bundled out of the Carling Cup at Stamford Bridge.|
The Chelsea striker flipped a finger at supporters after scoring his first club goal for more than six months. Missiles were thrown, one of which Drogba flung back.
'I tried to celebrate the goal and I some things were thrown at me. The big mistake I made was to throw it back so if someone was hurt I want to apologise. It was an incident in the heat of the moment and I regret it.'
Barcelona to tempt Liverpool with two HUGE bids
A source close to the club has said that they expect Liverpool to throw their bids straight in to the trash can but they are hoping that with big enough bids and possibly even player swaps included they can tempt the American owners who lets face it are not football men and don’t give a damn about the players just the money.
Barcelona will not be the only club circling Liverpool like vultures but they are by and far one of the richest with cash to splash and they have admired both Gerrard and Torres for a while now and if things do not improve at Liverpool a fire sale may come in to effect.
It would cost Barcelona close to €100 million to secure both players and at those prices the American owners may just bite the bullet and sell.
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Manchester United prepares a £20 million bid for Xavi?
Ferguson is monitoring the situation at the Nou Camp, with an offer in the region of £20million being mooted in the January transfer window to bring Xavi to Old Trafford. However, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is also keen to pair Xavi with countryman Cesc Fabregas at the Emirates Stadium, with Liverpool and Chelsea also reportedly interested in the central-midfielder.