Henry arrives for meeting

NESV move ever closer to Liverpool takeover

Henry: Shock arrival

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Prospective new Liverpool owner John Henry has arrived at the club's board meeting in London as the takeover moves ever closer.

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Henry, who heads New England Sports Ventures (NESV) consortium, was a surprise arrival at the board meeting that was arranged in the wake of the High Court ruling preventing current co-owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett's attempt to wrest back control of the club.

Hicks and Gillett had challenged an application by creditor Royal Bank of Scotland that they did not have the power to oust boardroom rivals managing director Christian Purslow and commercial director Ian Ayre, who along with chairman Martin Broughton sanctioned the sale of the club to NESV.

But Mr Justice Floyd ruled they did not have the power to change the club's board, meaning the sale of the club to NESV, who own the Boston Red Sox, can now go ahead.

Liverpool chairman Martin Broughton revealed after the hearing that a board meeting would take place on Wednesday night to discuss all offers for the club after Singapore billionaire businessman Peter Lim made a counter offer to NESV's.

Pole position

But it appears NESV are in pole position to tie up the takeover after Henry made his shock arrival in England's capital to put the finishing touches to the deal.

Henry welcomed the High Court's verdict and claimed NESV had a binding agreement with Liverpool's board to conclude a deal.

"NESV has a binding agreement in place with the board of Liverpool FC and we are looking forward to concluding the deal," read a statement.

"We are ready to move quickly and help create the stability and certainty which the club needs at this time.

"It is time to return the focus to the club itself and performances on the pitch."

It now seems highly likely that Henry and NESV will gain control at Anfield, with RBS keen for the deal to go through in order to recoup its money.

Which takeover bid should Liverpool accept?

  • NESV
  • Peter Lim