Everton are the subject of renewed speculation over a potential takeover.
City of London financial sources have told BBC Sport that American investors, with links to Major League Soccer side Sporting Kansas City, are exploring purchasing the Premier League club.
An asking price of £225m is believed to have been set by Everton’s owners although it is unknown if the US consortium are prepared to match that.
The possible deal has also been reported in Kansas City.
SKC representative Mike Illig has publicly stated he is an Everton fan, posting pictures of a visit to Goodison Park on his Twitter account on Thursday.
Illig attended former Everton striker Duncan Ferguson’s testimonial against Villarreal at Goodison Park in August. His picture of the stadium was retweeted by Robb Heineman, Sporting Kansas City’s CEO, increasing speculation that a deal is under discussion.
Cliff Illig, Mike’s father, is the principal investor in the group of Kansas City entrepreneurs that purchased Kansas City Wizards from the Hunt Sports Group in 2006. He is also co-founder of the Cerner Corporation health care information technology group.
Everton chairman Bill Kenwright has openly admitted the club is for sale and has been seeking investment but failed to attract a buyer.
The theatre impresario, who bought the club from former owner Peter Johnson for £20m on Boxing Day 1999, said as far back as November 2007: “If the right person stands in front of me and wants to take this club forward then I will sell.”
Everton did not comment when contacted about suggestions that a takeover deal is under discussion.
Editor’s Note: Could this finally be the extra level of investment that Everton have been looking for all these years. The last of the truly big clubs who have yet to have any real funding from a Billionaire or Foreign Owner, Everton have certainly done well to be competing at the upper ends of the Premier League over the last decade or so, but could this boost the club further.
I think Everton may have to entertain an offer like this as they can’t afford to get left behind, with the gap to the Champions League seemingly getting further and further each season this could go someway to bridging that sizeable gap. Of course it’s all speculation as of now but it certainly is food for thought for the blue half of Merseyside. Although right now their focus will solely be on entertaining Manchester United Tomorrow afternoon as they will look to build on their Merseyside Derby draw and try to emulate their performance which led to a comfortable victory over Chelsea last month.