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£75m price tag on Charlton

An amazing £75m price tag has been put on Charlton by its eccentric Belgian owner, according to fanzine Voice of the Valley.  An article by fanzine editor Rick Everitt claims that the figure was given by chief executive Katrien Meire in a new year phone conversation with Austrian-based energy drinks Red Bull who have been looking for an English club to add to their portfolio of New York Red Bulls, Red Bull Salzburg and RB Leipzig.

Big success for Brand Beckham

David and Victoria Beckham received more than £15m in dividends last year after profits at their business empire rose by 400 per cent.   The couple have cashed in £28.1m in dividends in the last three years.

Beckham Brand Holdings recorded a pre-tax profit of £39.5m on revenue of £47.1m in the year to 31 December.   This was up from a profit of £9.9m on £51.5m of revenue in 2014.   The company could be worth £316m with the Beckhams' share worth about £208m.

Mayor to probe London Stadium finances

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan is to set up a high-powered team to investigate what happened with the finances of the London Stadium, the new home of West Ham United.   Several independent companies have been approached to undertake the work.

Orient up for sale

The controversial owner of Leyton Orient, Frsncesco Becchetti, has said that he will consider offers for the club.  One has already been made and rejected.

Orient are in real danger of relegation from the Football League.   The move of West Ham to the London Stadium has casr a shadow across Orient.

A rather exreaordinary statement from the club's chief executive can be found here.

Americans won't give up on Forest

The US-based consortium interested in buying Nottingham Forest have said that they are going to persist with their efforts to acquire the club despite another setback.

They made a renewed effort to buy the club this week after they revealed they had lent the club funds to cover wages in November and December.  John Jay Moores and Charles Noell made an improved offer to buy 100 per cent of Forest from owner Fawaz-al-Hasawi.   However, the offer was rejected by the Kuwaiti businessman who took over in 2012.

Is Coventry City a dying club?

A harsh question for the BBC to ask.  But perhaps a realistic one.  The club is in a downward spiral with disillusioned fans and declining attendances.

United top money league

The latest edition of the Deloitte Money League has appeared.  Aggregate revenue for the top 20 Money League clubs rose 12% to €7.4 billion (£5.5 billion) in 2015/16, a new record, with three clubs breaking the €600m barrier.   The infographic below shows the evolution of the Money League over the last twenty years.

The story behind Lincoln's success

Lincoln City defeated a lacklustre Ipswich Town last night to get through to the 4th round of the FA Cup. They are also top of the Vanarama National League with real hopes of a return to the Football League after an absence that will run to six years by the summer.

The prime minister congratulated the Imps on their success in prime minister's questions, responding to a question from the MP for Lincoln.

Red Bull and Coventry rumours surface again

Rumours that energy drinks giant Red Bull might be interested in taking over troubled Coventry City have surfaced again.

These have to be regarded as highly speculative.   Without their own ground, Coventry City are not a very attractive investment.     Hedge fund Sisu have never shiown any sign of selling an investment they have managed badly.

China cracks down on foreign players

China has cut the number of foreign players allowed to play in each football match from four to three per team, although five will be allowed in the match day squad (one has to be Asian).   There will also have to be one Chinese player under 23 on the pitch.