Bolton takeover imminent

Former Bolton Wanderers striker Dean Holdsworth is close to a takeover of the club.  His Sports Shield group has been granted a 72-hour period of exclusivity in which to complete a buyout.

Bolton face a High Court hearing on Monday, with HM Revenue and Customs petitioning to have the club liquidated over an unpaid tax and VAT bill of about £3m.  If a takeover cannot be agreed, Bolton are expected to enter voluntary administration.

Everton deal moves closer

With due diligence undertaken, a £200m takeover of Everton could be completed in the next few weeks.  It is understood that the pace of talks has picked up.   Two China-based investors are also interested, but they have made much less progress.

The club has emphasised that the construction of a new stadium nearby in Walton Hall Park will depend as much on a partnership with the city council as outside investment.

Everton sale may be close

William Hill Betting are reporting that a sale of Everton FC may be close to being agreed.   The relatively complex ownership structure of the club might mean that a sale could take some time to complete.

Last chance saloon for Charlton

Charlton fanzine editor Rick Everitt reckons that Charlton are in the last chance saloon.   There is the chance of a takeover in the January transfer window that could transform the fortunes of the relegation threatened club.

In the latest issue of Voice of the Valley, Everitt revealed an exchange of e mails between former Charlton chief executive Peter Varney and the current incumbent Katrien Miere.   Varney was trying to set up a meeting to discuss an investment proposal, but effectively got the brush off.

Why American investors are interested in the EPL

Top football journalist David Conn considers why American investors are interested in the EPL as the Barclays Premier League is known in the States, despite the fact that soccer is not a top sport there.

Seven Premiership clubs have American investors with Everton likely to join them.  The main attraction is to make money on the increasing capital value of the clubs, something that has worked well for the Glazers at Manchester United.