By Jason Theodorou
Despite widespread reports in the UK media that Kenny Huang would be backed by the Chinese government in his bid to take over Liverpool FC, Mr. Huang has refused to discuss these claims and allegedly issued a brief statement which claimed that Chinese authorities had no part in the deal.
In a statement released by his PR advisors Hill and Knowlton Asia, Mr. Huang refused to comment on his part in the ongoing negotiations to take over Liverpool. The Telegraph claims that Hill and Knowlton then released a second statement in China, which said that 'Mainland China state-owned enterprises' had no part in Mr. Huang's 'business dealings'.
Liverpool club owners Tom Hicks and George Gillet are pursuing negotiations with Syrian businessman and former footballer Yahya Kirdi, while chairman Martin Broughton continues to entertain a bid from Mr. Huang. The process of selling the club is subject to intense speculation, with up to four other groups believed to be discussing a takeover of the debt-ridden club.
Mr. Kirdi has been the most vocal of the investors vying to take control of the club, promising to finance the club's new ground in Stanley Park. He said in a statement: 'I want to build Liverpool... Everybody who wants to come into Liverpool wants to take the money and go outside. I have a new plan, which I have given George Gillett. This one is not only a stadium but also a stadium with a hotel and shopping centre".
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