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Lucas Radebe Confirms Involvement In Leeds Bid

Thu 21st Nov 2013 | Clubs Ownership

Lucas Radebe, the former Leeds United defender has confirmed he is part of a consortium looking to buy a stake in the Yorkshire club.

The revelation comes after Leeds’ owners GFH Capital were said to have rejected a bid to buy the club by a consortium at the weekend.

The 44-year-old South African, who made over 250 appearances for Leeds during his playing career, revealed on his personal website www.lucasradebe.com that he is looking into buying a part of the club.

A statement released on his official website read, "Following recent speculation, I can confirm that I am part of a consortium which has submitted a preliminary indication of interest regarding the acquisition of a stake in Leeds United Football Club.

"We hope to continue our recent discussions confidentially with the current shareholders and the board. We would like the opportunity to explain both the substance of our proposal, and our strategy for working with GFH Capital to continue the re-building process at the club.

"Leeds United has a special place in my heart. Ever since I retired I have been considering ways to get involved at the club, working at board level with an equity interest would be the pinnacle.

"It is my dream scenario. I would not have become involved if I didn't think our consortium would be able to help give the club a chance to go back up to the Premier League where it belongs, and to keep it there.

"I am hopeful we can find a way forward and make progress."

Leeds' Managing Director, David Haigh told fcbusiness back in September (page 44/45) that he was continually looking for investment to help the club grow, but denied they were planning to sell. 

Haigh said at the time, “We’re talking to people all of the time whether they be local or whether they be in Asia, it’s not about ‘do you want to own a bit of a football club,’ it’s whether or not they can do something for the football club that other people can’t do, and if they can then we might share a piece of this great club with them.”

Posted by: Aaron Gourley

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