Leeds Rumours Archive May 29 2012

 

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29 May 2012 21:07:57
Clint Hill is very much considering joining Leeds.
Can't give you a timescale because the events around Elland Road at the moment will dictate when people will be brought in and that's info I'm definitely not privy too.
I can tell you that Paddy Kenny wants to join up with Warnock again too but that's hardly news.
What I can also tell you is that Warnock and Hill have spoke on several occasions since Neil left QPR, one of which was to congratulate him on his display in the Man City game and staying up.
I'm not guaranteeing Hill's coming by the way because as I understand it, he's weighing up a squad role Premier League place or first team championship place, however recent events may have swung things in our favour.
jt-lufc

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29 May 2012 20:48:25
Three separate groups are interested in taking over Leeds Utd. The bid which has progressed furthest is Chicago based. #lufc More BBC1 1025

Source BBC Look North on Twitter

Al

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I'm sure most of us would like things to progress quickly. Hopefully, in a matter of days. We need to get this team sorted for next season.

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Lets hope Bates doesn't put silly money on the club I've heard 80 Million noone will pay that or will they?

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29 May 2012 20:34:59
I like many Leeds fans am very excited at what is in store for LUFC in the upcoming weeks. A potential takeover bid or investment is what many of us have been waiting and pleading for, and we are now closer than ever! However despite the hate that has circulated around Elland Road, and the Rumour sites, Twitter etc in recent times... I do believe that Mr Bates deserves some sort of credit. I mean yes; he hasn't invested what we would have liked, and yes; he may have lost more of his money in court than in building a squad ;) and many other anti-Bates reasons, but the bloke saved us, kept us debt free, made profits each season (not many clubs do), gained promotion and finished 7th and 'mid-table' respectively in a tough division. Just me that feels this way?
I do feel a takeover would be the best option, with maybe a couple of million invested for a better shaped squad. Collocated with a disciplined, experienced manager like Warnock, I can see a good 2012/13 season ahead.
I know I may get hated on for this, but still, if this is the reason for no Joel Ward, I will be happy and will respect Bates for SOME things he has done for us! RyanMOT

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I agree totally I am just worried at the timing and hope any talks are not preventing players signing. I know if we got a rich investor then maybe we will be going for better players but we cant take the risk of missing out on whoever Warnock has highlighted for the club. Any takeover talk would have been better before the season ended or after the window shuts. That said if it means another season with stability in the championship Ill settle for that.

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I agree with you. With Bates we haven't got the football club we would like but at least we still have a football club.

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Must agree, if it wasn't for ken Bates we could have been playing none league a few years ago, the man has to be thanked for saving us even though he hasn't invested that much

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I totally agree but Bates refuses to engage with the fans and the future fans. Dean Hoyle rode from Huddersfield to Wembley so that local kids could get transport and watch their team in the final. If Bates showed 25% of the same commitment I would be behind him 100%. Incidentally, this saddens me because his redevelopment and economic running of our club is flawless and if only he would invest in the team, embrace the fans & lower attendance charges he could be a legend.

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He took us into admin and threatened to liquidate if he didn't get the club back. As for the profits, if you ignore player sales we have been making a loss. Some saviour. He is just a loud mouthed leach and I will celebrate him going whether via a takeover or in a box

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He's not all bad, but he is mostly bad. He won't go quietly, and he'll try keep a place on the board as well as dragging out his association with the club and taking as much money as he can from it (as he did with Chelsea, read in to it). His propaganda is just unbearable now to be honest, and I hope the takeover happens over the next couple of weeks(optomistic I know...)

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I do agree with most of the guys post, he did save us when many would have walked away or let it slip like s Portsmouth! He had to make some tough decisions about our club that many didn't like, but he seems to have gone to far that way now and only sees negative points. As for us being competitive in this league I think that was more down to the manager Grayson than bates coz he didn't do much! Ideal situation is for him to sell up and go then people will still b able to remember him as the man who helped save this club rather than the man who slowly killed it

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I think bates investment in infrastructure may actually pay off

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At last somebody talking sense. The art of running a club economically is to ensure there is income outside the match income, which is what Bates has done. This is a legacy for the future and should the club be promoted could be seen to have been a wise investment. Do we want to go back to what we thought were good times but in effect were bad! Whatever you say about him he is a good businessman.

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Yes I do agree and some over negative posts annoy me- it's in bates interest to have Leeds doing as well as possible, but a lot of sales and paltry investment in the team has been very frustrating.
To sum up, if bates gives us a similar present he left Chelsea with, he will become a hero

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Let's not get carried away with all the talk of investment... Hotels and casinos I believe.. Isn't that what papa bates want to build on the west stand? Not sure this talk of investment means our immediate team.

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True he saved us when no -one else would however he has had his money back and then some. We have lost a lot of promising players of the future for next to nothing under his stewardship. Whilst I pray this is a takeover, I fear this is a smokescreen to delay signings.

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I suppose ward not coming could also be down to the fact weve been linked to peltier , must better complete right back in my eyes and same fee.

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And to the poster who says we have been making a loss...... we havnt.

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29 May 2012 19:03:25
James Pritzker and Jay Robert Pritzker could be our men?

based in Illinois, Investment group that build Hotels and Casinos

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One of the richest families in the us, worth billions. Hope this is true,..would be fantastic!

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Worried if that's so. Could be same as the Glazers. Don't give a toss about football only money !!

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Hope it is that family combined wealth of $19.6 billion dollars

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Pointless speculating on who just cos they in the hotel and casino business

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Possibly Neil Bluhm, made much of his 2 billion fortune through Casinos. Owns casinos in Vicksburg, Mississippi, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Des Plaines, Illinois, and Casino Niagara in Niagara Falls. Based in Chicago.

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Glazers family wealth $2.7 billion
Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahayan family wealth $150 billion

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Instead of combined wealth ide prefer available cash cos a lot of there money will be tied up in property

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Hope so one of the wealthiest families in America they own the hyat chain but were not that lucky !

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Personally dont really want a US investor as none of them done anything so far. Middle east is best as they actually like the game and can make money off the brand over there. The quotes however from LUST suggest supporters with money which will mean no dramatic change but steady progression

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Let it not be gamblers... they'll not care about Leeds & football, just money income and would even gamble away our LUFC. Let it be some sensible rich fellow who understands and appreciates football. I'll be happier if we can promote youth players and buy 5-10m players on 50-70K MAXIMUM in Premiership, not ridiculous 30-40m players and 150-200K wages!

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29 May 2012 19:02:15
Paddy kenny looks a done deal the way hes been re-tweeting to lufc fans and micky vaughens twitter, he said something like kenny never shut up about warnock and might aswell move in with him. And in the times paper 2day said warnock is close to derry if he leaves qpr and hill if he leaves to.

Sources twitter and the times

L.Mc

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In search of a new contract, heard our rumours, wants to be part of it.

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Bit obsessed with QPR...Neil,they sacked you!

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29 May 2012 18:57:11
a lot of people think this might mean the end of Bates at E.R. its not always the case, investment can still come in but it doesnt mean the sign of a new chairman, it could just mean a new majority shareholder can come in with Bates still acting as a chairman, they do this at arsenal and at Sunderland before Quinn left, theres around 3/4 shareholders of investment there, as long as this investment is true and Bates wisefully puts it into building a squad for once, then ill be a very happy White!

Woody

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Bates will at least hold out for a position on the board

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29 May 2012 18:47:31
Tanya Arnold BBC Look North. It is believed company looking to take over LUFC is from Chicago. JD

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29 May 2012 18:30:20
Leeds are looking to sign Portsmouth striker Luke varney if Ross mccormack goes. also David templeton may come to tempt Robert snodgrass to stay. warnock may sign diouf depending on fans reactions and thoughts.

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To be honest, i am not excited in the least about diouf...i don't think he'll ever have the spirit or attitude to be worth remembering at ER....rather McCormack stayed, and with talk of investment, hopefully we can sign cheryl cole if thats what it takes to get Snoddy to stay...

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Luke varney dont make sence why let our top scorer go to sign carney whos only scored 77 gaols in 10 years or proffesional football

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If Ross goes it will be Beckford coming in to replace him. Proven goalscoring partner with Becchio although that's not to say that Varney won't be coming too.

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Templeton is a very good player. Saw him play last season for Hearts back in August and put in a good performance. Would be a good replacement for Snoddy as i think he has lots of potential.
Chapps

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29 May 2012 17:58:18
I think Paddy kenny will be joining Leeds the way he's talking on twitter!

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Paddy kenny is the next leeds keeper will been on 1 july

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Paddy Kenny joining us is the worst rumour ever. It's definitely going to happen and almost shouldn't be classed as a rumour any more.
Would be much more of a shock if he didn't sign rather than if he did.

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29 May 2012 17:35:01
taken from lufctalk forum this afternoon:

Latest rumour off SC site

David O'Leary, having worked out in middle east, has got a group together with Pini Zahavi tabling a deal from Aymin Hariri and his "associates" Investment Holding Group.

Deal is all but done and dusted after bates wanted more for thorpe parch as he says it has planning permission for houses and wanted £2m more that its currently valued at? There is another deal in the offing from another group i know nothing about. Bates being Bates has gone abroad no doubt to bide his time to see if the other deal comes good and to play one off against the other at a guess but is unlikely to match that of the above.

Mean time no money is to go in or out except day to day running or players already on the transfer list.

Ward can't come in due to the above, white has been promised what he wants if its done which is why he hasn't moved yet and snoddy will sign a new deal. Colin will get £20m for players and has till xmas to be in with promotion or he will be fecked off.

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Isint the stadium and thorp arch owned by a manchester property developer just curious

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Not at all! I just saw BBC Leeds and it's a Chicago based group

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20 million really come on as if not even most premiership clubs get that!

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Thorp Arch HASN'T got planning permission for houses. Leeds have got 27 years of a lease remaining, at which point if it is not purchased by Leeds the owner can apply for planning permission for houses. Granting of planning permission would be by no means certain as the land is in green belt. JD

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Leeds don't own Thorpe arch , a businessman from Manchester does and Leeds rent this if you don't believe me google it, so this is obviously a load of ****

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Yeah right ! but would be well chuffed if true (Suppose we can dream)

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The 3 sheiks taking over are,sheik rattlenroll,sheiknvac,and sheik inallover,done deal.

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Why would they buy thorpe arch if bates doesn't own it?

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Ward cant come due to him signing for Crystal Palace

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Isnt thorpe arch still owed the the property guy in Manchester, Leeds never bought it when they had the chance...me thinks your making this up

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Sorry to say ken bates name is registerd in no documents to do with thorpe arch

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Warnock can only be given 6mill plus money from anyone he sells. New rules.

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Not to mention Sheikh Yourmoneymaker. Talking of which £20 million - or even 6 - is a lot to let someone who may get the Spanish Archer as a Christmas present loose on.

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Thorp Arch is green belt and any planning permission would only last 10 years I think which would mean it would be out of date before our lease is up. It was owned by a Manchester business man but lots of belief that Mr Bates has links with whoever owns that and the ground. In terms of new rules you have several years to comply with fair play and the only punishment likely will be a fine so spend now and risk it as the turnover would go through the roof. It all needs sorting quickly otherwise we are staring down the barrel of relegation if we dont get players in and out.

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Come on guys, it's really immature, this story could very well have done truth in it. I have it on very good authority that this has been in the pipeline.oleary has teamed up with a consortium led by Arab billionaire sheik urass.

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29 May 2012 17:34:59
The club are calling it an investment but it's definitely a takeover or the first stage of a takeover otherwise Uncle Ken would have 100% said something. It's like he's disappeared off the face of the planet.

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29 May 2012 15:35:58
Maple leaf have just posted on there offical twitter account getting ready for our soccer announcement more details at 11:30 am which is there time its on @mlsepr might be nothing but could be something in it .

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Also now says that despite LUFC fans being hopeful/optimistic.....there is still no truth in those rumours

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No they have said same as last week that they are not investing or buying

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Its says 5mins ago they love lufc fans bot they are not investing etc take a look

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It is definitely not MLSE. They have just made it clear.

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They have also just tweeted there is no truth in the rumours

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Mlse just said its not true bout the Leeds roumour

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Leeds United soccer club
DAVID SHOALTS
Globe and Mail Update
Published Tuesday, May. 29, 2012 10:26AM EDT
Last updated Tuesday, May. 29, 2012 10:29AM EDT

Leeds United is talking to potential new owners but the groups apparently do not include Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Ltd.

Initial reports in the English media mentioned MLSE as a potential new owner of Leeds United. However, later reports said the company that owns the Toronto Maple Leafs denied it was planning to invest in a soccer team. This came almost five years to the day after news surfaced that MLSE was thinking about buying a team that could play in the English Premier League, with Leeds United as a potential target. However, MLSE abandoned the idea after its investigation showed English soccer could be a treacherous money pit.

Tom Anselmi, the interim president of MLSE, could not be immediately reached for comment.

In a statement on its website, Leeds United said it ‚Äúcan confirm that talks are taking place regarding investment for the long-term future. The club has always publicly stated that it would welcome potential investment.‚ÄĚ The team did not identify any of the potential investors.

Leeds United has one similarity to the Maple Leafs - it is a team with a far more glorious past than present. In the last 10 years it fell into financial difficulty, which resulted in the large-scale sale of players and relegation from the Premier League. Leeds fell as far as League One, the third division in the English system, before being promoted back to the second division, The Championship, in 2010. The team finished 14th in The Championship last season but has a large fan base and still hopes to get back to the Premier League if the right investors can be found....UNFORTUNATELY DONT THINK ITS THEM..LOOKA THE TIME OF THIS RELEASE!!!!!MOT

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They announced KIA as their sponsors for Toronto FC academy.

Move on....

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It's a fake twitter page, look at it, it's cheap and well not in keeping with a large company.

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Its cheap and not well kept.got to be true then if owt to do with KB

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An announcement about a future investment partner or a takeover will take place in Leeds !

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29 May 2012 15:31:42
Spokesman for LUST on BBC Radio Leeds, stated it is a takeover bid not an investment.
JD

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Hope this is true,want a fresh start without Bates
MOT

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It is probably an investment for 30% shares in Bates' holding company combined with a deferred takeover bid in a year or two years' time. Bates will want the glory as Chairman when our inevitable promotion happens. Then but only then will he give up the keys to ER and let the group takeover.

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29 May 2012 14:56:51
MLSE PR twitter page just said there getting ready for there soccer announcment!

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Also says the rumours about Leeds arent true so don't get your hopes up

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29 May 2012 14:38:31
Southampton have bid 7 million for jay rodriguez from Burnley ,WHAT ? Snodgrass is playing in the same league and Norwich have bid 1.5 million ,think Norwich can get stuffed.

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So snoddys price at 6-8 million is correct,if hes worth 7 million
So get stuffed Norwich you have nicked the rest of our better players at bargain prices

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29 May 2012 14:16:50
Dont shoot the messenger but found this on another leeds forum:

"Philip Anschutz. Owner of LA Galaxy, 34th in the world's rich list, estimated wealth of $7 Billion.

A member of my family was at a BBQ the other day and told that this was one of the men behind a bid. Apparently the source runs back to Redfearn.

I'm not saying it's true or that we in any way believe this rumour, but it does tie in with a North American bidder that's apparently expected.

We were also told he makes 'Bates look like a nice, old man'. "

Someone nastier than Bates...scary
Anyway as i said earlier i pasted it from another fans forum but thought it would whet appetites

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What would the youth team coach know about any boardroom dealings?

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North american bidder suppose to be the owner of toronto maple leafs and toronto fc worth 200 million he has been linked to lot of forums and a lot claims he already bought us waiting for warnock to come back from his hoildays

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Someone nastier than bates? Impossible it's another baseless rumour.

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Owner of LA Galaxy...maybe Beckham has recommended us?!

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This lad anchutz isint he the guy who is already buying an nfl team and building a stadium for an la nfl team doubt he would overextend himself in this current climate by buying leeds aswell

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29 May 2012 14:12:56
This number - £35 million is interesting - just what exactly would anyone get for that sort of money. It would have to include the ground and Thorpe Arch to get anywhere near that figure. I can't imagine the assets of the club in the Championship being worth anything like that figure. mk

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The brand and the players are assets. If our profit is £3.5m (it was that wasn't it last year?) then that would be a 10% return on and investment of £35m.

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Knowing our luck it will all be about investment for development of west stand/casino and nothing to do with investment in team.

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Would possibly confirm what a lot of us already think is true that Bates already owns ER and TA!!
PeteMOT

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They will pay 10 or 12 times the profit, plu potential is far greater o.w

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You really really think they would put a club statement out after all the rumours of a takeover just to announce an investment off the west stand casino lol this is big news my friend, everything makes sense that it is a takeover

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It doesn't matter what league the club is in the stadium and training facilities would still be valued at the same figure. Our stadium is one of the biggest in the country.

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£35m with option to purchase the ground which comes with ownership for £22.5m TA £7m add to that investment of say £20m over two years and you have a club back in the premiership generating £80/90m per season profits or circa £15m if run on norwich / Swansea lines - greatinvestment

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29 May 2012 14:01:53
reckon it will be short-term investment, with a full takeover on promotion. exciting times ahead!

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Lets hope you're right. I think that maybe the master plan behind it. Can't see Bates selling before "he" gets us into the Prem. That will be his way of saying I told you so, we all know he loves nothing more than a gloat after filling his pockets.

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29 May 2012 12:41:07
Aside from these takeover/investment rumours it looks as though tom lees has agreed to sign his new contract. A bit more good news.

M.L.K

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Good lad, knows what's best for him. he's far from the finished article (like certain other squad members), and Leeds is the best place for him to develop.

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29 May 2012 12:34:51
tom lees has signed a new 4 year deal maybe old news by now! source ssn!

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29 May 2012 12:24:52
Leeds united have received one offer on the table also in talks for another all over sky sports web site and bbc and lust website !!!

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And, more importantly, its on the official site!

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Larry Tanenbaum is the man interested in buying LUFC. He wanted to get involved in Nottingham Forest earlier this season but that didn't materialise. Owner of Toronto Maple Leads and keen to get into English football. He's the 1 who's submitted a firm offer to takeover the club. Not sure who the other interested party is. Very reliable source

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On Wikipedia it says mlse are owners of Leeds united !!

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Can anyone own more than one club? I'm sure a few years back Abramovich (or however you spell it?!) had trouble with trying to get Chelski and own one of the Russian teams?

I only ask because MLSE already own Toronto FC.

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29 May 2012 12:00:44
This is very promising surely the club would not release an official statement unless they believed that this deal is going to go through?

I wonder what calibre of player we will be looking at now?

Obviously I dont expect us to be signing world beaters but I hope its top championship type.

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You're way ahead of yourself. Way ahead.

There are a number of very serious issues that will need to be overcome before thinking about signings, or anything of the sort, needs to be our main concern.

1) The club has openly said all along, and have again stressed in this statement, that they are after INVESTMENT. Not a takeover. Bates loves owning Leeds. The investors outlined by LUST want to own the club. Massive sticking point.

2) Any deal needs to be closed, and this is a hugely long and laborious process.

3) The nature of this investment is unknown. It could be that it is related to further development work on the ground and a casino.

4) The training ground and the stadium are not owned by Leeds United. It is likely they are owned by Ken Bates as their ownership follows very much the same pattern i.e. offshore, BVA held and operated. What will the investor do with these? Buy them? Continue to rent them? Terminate talks unless they are included?

Don't get ahead of yourself, we're in for a long boring slog here and until we have full details, we can't talk about signings at all.

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Agree totally, but also, this could also be a delaying tactic by Ken Bates to delay any signings, and wait till the last minute for players who are not at any club 1 week before the season starts. He got Pearce for a bargain £500K, we only spent £500K last seaon on Pugh and look what a waste of money he has been??
Belive me, it's just a pack of rumours started by Bates and continued by his entourage of followers/ar$e lickers to keep their jobs and their mega-rich lifestyles.

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Im the OP, obviously I dont expect this to all be concluded in the next few days and yeah the nature of the takeover/investment is still unclear, I was merely being optimistic about the news.

However I dont agree with your unjust negativity mainly the second reply, the news has only broken this morning and already the downbeaters are out there spreading there bad vibes.

I do agree though that we need to wait and see what the next few weeks bring.

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Yes but what does long term investment mean? Im sure the club didn't want to put a statement out but the rumours are becoming to strong and obviously don't want dealings to be out in the open, bates ain't a young chap anymore so maybe he is looking to sell, looks abit more serious than an investment into the stadium or training facilities etc, it does really seem quite promising, nobody knows the correct details yet and I'm sure that nobody will till a deal is struck, talks can always collapse and remember we have one of the most stubborn chairmans in the game, fingers and toes crossed tho, just hope that if there is a takeover then fans don't expect to see massive amounts of money to be injected into the club even to the amount that leicester have, just a slight wage structure increase and a couple of quid available to spend would be nice, more than we have at the moment

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Me too don't understand the negativity. Investments mean more money into the club. How can that be bad? Everton have been crying out for some in years. However i think that the fact that lust knows them is a positive as Bates cannot blag his usual bull. Also it seems that they have been talking since last week and today it was confirmed even thou no tabloids or anyone knew. This is the real deal I feel. And if you remember before everytime someone showed interest before Ken always discredited them in the media before he even talked to them exa Aussie fella last year. His silence this time is the best speech he's ever done at Leeds! Goodbye Ken! And watch out them cars in Monaco as they are a bit faster

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If it is only for the ground and casino, that still isn't a bad thing. it would surely free up funds within the club that were being used on the development, to go towards footballing matters. win-win either way.

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For all we know, the talks may have been ongoing for weeks, and may be close to a conclusion. Since when has Bates ever let anyone know that something's happening before its happened. It's always afterwards. Of course, this is still only "potential", but I can't imagin Bates allowing it to get out until substantial progress in the talks had been made. Think back to Abramovich at Chelsea. It just seemed to happen overnight. Bates knows how to keep quiet.

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As long as we don't do a Blackburn. Looking at Ronaldinho and Beckham, then relegated.

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29 May 2012 11:18:10
The club have made a statement 'Further to media reports on Tuesday morning, the club can confirm that talks are taking place regarding investment for the long-term future.'

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Sounds to me like Season Ticket Sales are a bit slow and they are trying to drum up some business?

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29 May 2012 10:51:46
the potential takeover of leeds united is a rumour spread by lust and affiliates phil hays is a member it took over twitter last night it is said they are hoping for bates to come out of hiding to say what happened to last years profits that was stated in last years accounts sauce close to the bates camp are playing along with the rumour for 1 to take heat of the bates camp about players 2 so he can string it along for a few month leaving it till the last minute before allowing warnock to get playeres in freebies and loans as usuall 3 this will ruin lusts credibility with leeds fans when bates blame them for the rumoured failed takeover bid this i stress is just a rumour

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The rumour is no more - it is fact! - see the leeds website - talks are underway, looking to secure future impovement for the club!

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What a load of b****cks i have just read.For god sake the club have made a statement.They might beable to pull the wool over our eyes sometimes but not all off the time.Have some faith i just hope its a complete takeover rather than just investment.MOT

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Feel silly yet.....?

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29 May 2012 10:50:44
I personally think its just an investor Ken Bates is looking for and not a takeover....
He wants to buy players and wont empty his piggy bank to do it.....

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If this is a way for the club to be able to buy players, then surely it's a good thing, takeover or not.

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29 May 2012 11:27:46
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The club have issued the following statement...
Further to media reports on Tuesday morning, the club can confirm that talks are taking place regarding investment for the long-term future.
The club has always publicly stated that it would welcome potential investment, but has maintained a belief whereby the quality of the investor is the most important factor in terms of the long-term development of Leeds United.
No further comment will be made at this stage.

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29 May 2012 11:23:10
The club have issued the following statement...
Further to media reports on Tuesday morning, the club can confirm that talks are taking place regarding investment for the long-term future.
The club has always publicly stated that it would welcome potential investment, but has maintained a belief whereby the quality of the investor is the most important factor in terms of the long-term development of Leeds United.
No further comment will be made at this stage.

(source: leedsunited.com)

Looks like an investor and not a new owner, if the funds are made available to spend on the team I'll be happy.

LUFC-Bob

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Good news Hope it's some man with too much money, only can dream.

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Clubs generally have investment throughout the course of the year whether in season or not, the fact they have come out and made a statement albeit due to continuous media rumours makes me believe maybe it is part of a takeover rather than just investment. Make of it what you will, only KB will know what he wants to do unfortunately and until a decision has been made I'm sure there will be even more speculation than there already is! M.O.T

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But if as it states for the long term future that would read as a takeover

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The fact of the matter is that Ken Bates is one hell of a business man, and even with all the shady business the club is in a financially secure place.

The problem sounds that now he can't take it to that next level on the pitch, with controversy surrounding all our top players leaving over the past few years, and the lack of activity in each transfer window.

An investor seems the right way to go, so its just a case of seeing what comes about in the next few days.

(Mickey1992)

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All this silence and caginess is odd to only be an investment.

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Slightly disappointing that its not a takeover!

But i guess its a game of slowly edging your feet further under the table.

Hopefully soon enough the investors will have there feet so far under that papa smurf wont have a say in our beautiful club no more! MOT

Sheplufc

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Shouldn't get hopes up, talks of this sort can always break down, but it is brilliant news, hard not to get giddy, don't expect anything on man city scale, it would just be nice to pay abit more on wages to keep our top players and atleast a couple of million to invest in some new players.

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It won't happen. The groups the club are talking too want to acquire the club. The club only wants investment. This will be the sticking point.

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Bates will be selling some of his shares to the invester and will get first pick wen he sells up 4 good

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Bates stalling tactics to keep warnock quite till transfer window shuts then it will be gone.

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29 May 2012 10:10:31
Leeds United Features The Scratching Shed Home > Leeds United > Transfer Embargo In Place Whilst Leeds United Hold Takeover Talks? Transfer Embargo In Place Whilst Leeds United Hold Takeover Talks?

posted May 27, 2012/ 81 Comments

There is growing speculation that Leeds United are in the midst of takeover discussions.

The latest round of takeover rumours suggest things are progressing rapidly and that Leeds Unitedís failure to sign anyone since the arrival of Jason Pearce is due to a transfer embargo placed on Neil Warnock whilst takeover talks are ongoing.

Itís easy to be dismissive of such rumours (and indeed, I was) but Ken Batesí recent radio silence does make you wonder?

An ďIíll believe it when I see itĒ reaction on Twitter drew quite a few responses, many of which Ė including The Square Ball Ė are convinced thereís something in this particular rumour.

I personally think there have always been people willing to buy Leeds United Football Club, but Ken Bates has been reluctant to sell. If thatís changed and he has put the club on the market, then I have no doubts whatsoever that LUFC would attract numerous interested parties.

The fact is, there is no other club in English football whose turnover can be increased by as much and as quickly as Leeds Unitedís. For an investor looking at dipping his toes into the potentially lucrative English football market, Leeds United looks like a solid bet Ė the clubís valuation would double if someone invested wisely and got us promoted to the Premier League.

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The club have confirmed negotiations taking place with an investor.

See website.

Wibsey White

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And you dont think its just a ploy by Ken Bates to get out of signing new players for a couple of Months...I bet the rumours vanish by the end of July..

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Confirmed on leeds united .com talks are in progress with potential buyers

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29 May 2012 10:06:06
One of the two groups looking to take Leeds over are "far from finalising a bid for the club"
Looks like its this one or nothing !

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29 may 2012 10:01:17
its confirmed.leeds utd has been bought
by the canadian company.its on everywhere
wish the new owners would give neil the
funds to buy new players now.bates has
sold lufc for 35million.that is why the
ward deal has not gone through.anyway
ward has gone to palace.there are other
players out there so neil has to pressure
the new owners for the funds in order to
buy quality players.good riddance ken
bates.happy days are here again.mot. a
very reliable source in lufc.

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No official news anywhere. youve got 2 much time on your hands pal.

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Are. you. sure. you're. not. telling. porkies.

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Where;s the proof of this? would love it to be true?

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It has to be true his mate works there and told him so. My brothers best mates long lost nans sisters son also said this was true

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Thats a little premature, the talks are confirmed on OS but nothing is finalised yet!

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It's not even confirmed on national media that we are subject to a takeover! Woke up early did you? And where is this everywhere you talk about. The only source to even confirm an interest is LUST. Way ahead of yourself. And whoever comes into the club will invest in players as we are not Pompey that we need to sell. We are sound financially is just who can get the code to Ken safe

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Everywhere, like where? another reliable source, yer right who??

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Think you jumped the gun here with excitement

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29 May 2012 07:55:25
Michael Vaughan just tweeted saying he's playing golf with "the next Leeds United goalkeeper, paddy kenny", "he hasn't announced it yet but won't be long....loves warnock"

Source: @VaughanCricket

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Hope this is not the case! Remember Terry Venables and Nick Barmby, Jobs for the boys again!

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Leedsont be buying anyone untill leeds have sorted out behind the scenes shenanigans

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What else would you expect from a MU supporter? not much credence in that one then.

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Michael Vaughn is a Yorkshireman who supports Sheffield Wednesday.

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Dont want him he no good let to many goals in

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29 May 2012 07:50:24
Michael Vaughan ‏@VaughanCricket
Playing golf with the next Leeds United keeper today... Paddy Kenny... He hasn't announced it yet but it won't be long... Loves Warnock..
straight from twitter.

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29 May 2012 07:46:31
According to reports mlse the toronto based company owners of toronto maple leafs and toronto worth about 2.2 billion dollers fc have already bought leeds for 55 millon from ken bates hope this is true

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Pure speculation, bet Ken Bates can't wait to get back from his holidays to quash this with his usual 'put your money where your mouth is' quote..!

question is how do LUST and the TSB get this information before any other Leeds Fan?

Hope its true believe me but don't hold your breath

Woody LUFC

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