NESV claim pole position in Liverpool purchase


New England Sports Ventures claim they are in pole position to complete a takeover of Liverpool following the High Court ruling which has paved the way for the sale of the club.

Chairman Martin Broughton has revealed an emergency board meeting will take place after current co-owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett were defeated in the courts on Wednesday morning.

Hicks and Gillett failed in their attempt to block a £300million sale of the club to NESV, who are the owners of the Boston Red Sox baseball franchise.

Speaking outside the High Court, Broughton hinted that the board would now convene quickly to discuss the sale process.

Former preferred bidder Singapore billionaire Peter Lim's return with a new and improved £320million offer for the club on Tuesday is also reported to be on the agenda.

However, NESV claim they have a "binding agreement" in place to purchase the Anfield club.

"NESV welcomes today's High Court judgment, which is a huge step forward for Liverpool FC," read a statement on behalf of the company fronted by John W Henry.

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

"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."

Meanwhile, Lim has launched a counter statement in which he has urged Broughton and the board to consider his fresh approach.

Lim, who is reported to be worth £1billion, has made a cash-only offer which trumps that of NESV and contains a promise to spend £40million on new players in the January transfer window.

"I hope that when the board is reconstituted that it will not simply ratify a sale to NESV but will consider all the offers before them," said Lim.

"I am asking the board to run a full and fair process that enables all of the offers to be considered on their merits before the future of the club is decided.

"I have delivered my offer to the board and believe that my ownership represents the best option for the future of the club and its supporters."

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