By Jason Theodorou

A Syrian businessman has said that he is in 'advanced negotiations' to buy Liverpool FC from the Premier League club's owners, who are facing financial trouble.

Yahya Kirdi, businessman and former international footballer, has said that he is in 'advanced negotiations' with the club's owners to take over all operations for an agreed price. His statement comes less than a week after Chinese businessman Kenneth Huang announced that his group would be making a bid for Liverpool.

Kirdi's group of investors have pledged to clear Liverpool's debts and provide investment to build a new stadium in Stanley Park. Kirdi made an unsuccessful bid for the club in April, but has since found success dealing directly with club owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett.

A statement from Kirdi said:"Yahya Kirdi, who represents a select group of investors from the Middle East and Canada, confirmed today that his group is in advanced negotiations with Thomas Hicks and George Gillett, co-owners of Liverpool football club, to purchase 100% of the club.

"Agreement has been reached on all major terms including the purchase price, repayment of the existing bank debt … and financing of a new stadium in Liverpool's Stanley Park. A formal purchase agreement between the parties is in the final stage of negotiation."

Under the Premier League's new rules on club ownership, all club owners need to give the league 10 days' notice of a takeover and prove that they have the financial wherewithal to maintain the club. Liverpool has already alerted the Premier League that the club is soon to change hands.


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