Well its another week and yet another businessman has been strongly linked with a takeover at Liverpool Football Club with Serbian businessman, Yahya Kirdi seemingly declaring himself back in the race to take control of the Anfield Club.
Kirdi has been linked with Liverpool for a number of weeks now, having claimed to have been in advanced negotiations with current American owners, Tom Hicks and George Gillett.
Former Celtic Captian, Andy Lynch, has been brought in by Kirdi to act as an intermediate for the deal. In regard to a possible takeover any time soon, Lynch told the Daily Mirror:
“Talks are on-going with Tom Hicks and George Gillett and are at an advanced stage. The planned buy-out will have massive implications for Liverpool. Liverpool aren’t the force they were so this is just what they need. I’ve been to Anfield on business recently and I’m acting as the go-between in the whole deal. Hopefully it’s not too much longer before it’s all done and dusted.”
However as in the case of another interested buyer of the Merseyside outfit, Kenny Huang, How much do people actually know about Kirdi and is his consortium, who are believed to be investors from the Middle East and Canada, and are they the right people to help take Liverpool forward?
Well Kirdi himself claims to be no stranger to football, having declared his past career playing for the Syrian national team. However, after some research we have found that it was not the full national side which Kirdi played for, but in fact only the youth team. This suggested career saw him play for Al-Ittahid Aleppo, which are a club from the city where he was born and Oruba Club which are again from the same city.
Although Kirdi’s extravagant football ‘career’ seems to be embellished somewhat, it is hoped his bid to purchase Liverpool is genuine after the businessman made an initial approach to takeover the club back in April, when it was believed that he was present at Anfield when Liverpool played Stoke.
While little is known about the backers behind Kirdi’s potential bid, one of the names which has been put forward is that of Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al-Qasim. The 71 year old is the ruler of Sharjar, which is one of the United Arab Emirates and is believed to have more than enough capital to take control of a Premier League club like Liverpool.
However, there are many sceptics out there who do not see Kirdi and his consortium as true potential buyers for Liverpool Football Club. These theories come from the fact that Kirdi, who now resides in Canada, is very friendly with current Liverpool owner George Gillett and his son Foster.
This has led many people to believe that the interest from Kirdi is merely a ploy to allow Hicks and Gillett to create a bidding war to drive up the asking price for the club to a figure which they see as much more acceptable to their own interests.
Whatever comes from the potential interest of Kirdi and his consortium, the race for ownership of Liverpool Football Club is very much hotting up, with a potential new owner looking likely in the not too distant future. This outcome would delight Liverpool fans, as many of the Anfield faithful cannot wait to see the tyrannous reign of the American owners end once and for all.
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