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Aussie bidder for Charlton identified

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The money man behind the Australian consortium interested in taking over Charlton from unpopular Belgian owner Roland Duchatelet has been identified by fanzine Voice of the Valley.   He is Andrew Muir who sold his family owned electrical chain for £585m last year.

According to VOTV editor Rick Everitt the Australians' interest in the Addicks has continued through the close season, and at one point in recent months they thought they were close to securing a deal. However, there have been suggestions that Duchatelet has cooled on the deal in the last few weeks, although that could be a negotiating tactic.

It was originally reported that the consortium would buy the club and the Sparrows Lane training ground for £20m, but might only lease The Valley.   However, it now appears that the freehold of The Valley would be included in the deal.