January 24th, 2009

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fa cup


ummm, i don't know how many of you are watching, but here's a discush post just incase :)

10:00 ET - Chelsea v Ipswich Town
10:00 ET - Doncaster Rovers v Aston Villa
12:15 ET - Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur


Liverpool co-owners working toward £500m sale

Liverpool's co-owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett have attempted to start an auction for the Anfield club.

While it has emerged that one of the world's richest dynasties are in talks over a possible £500m takeover, it is also clear that the Kuwaiti Al-Kharafi family are not interested in purchasing just a minority share, as has been suggested.

Hicks and Gillett have appointed rival banks to try to find potential buyers - Merrill Lynch are working for Hicks while Gillett has appointed Rothschilds.

There is already believed to be one European party that wants to discuss a deal, and if the two banks can find further suitors, the American co-owners may be able to force a sale in excess of £500m.

It has emerged that Hicks sanctioned talks this week with the Al-Kharafi family, initially over funding for the club's new stadium but then for a possible takeover.

Gillett is thought to have been initially unaware of the talks, held with the club's commercial director Ian Ayre and financial director Phillip Nash.

Both are considered to be allies of Hicks in the on-going divorce between the club's owners.

A source close to the deal said: ''Hicks has been trying to sell his assets, and that is believed to include Texas Rangers, while Gillett has cut back on his NASCAR involvement.

''Liverpool was almost sold to the Al-Kharafi family in November, it only needed a signature, but they walked away. Hicks is believed to have been furious.''

Now the deal has been resurrected.

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