Kenny Huang has ‘not made formal Liverpool offer’
Wall Street stockbroker Kenny Huang has released a statement saying he has yet to make a formal bid for Liverpool, though he is interested in investing in the Anfield club.
Reports had suggested Huang had made an offer to the Royal Bank of Scotland, Liverpool’s principle lender, over buying the club’s £237m debt, but a statement released through PR advisers Hill and Knowlton denies the claims.
“In response to widespread media reports that Kenny Huang had made a formal bid for Liverpool Football Club, Mr. Huang would like to emphasise that he has registered interest in investing in Liverpool FC but has made no formal bid,” the statement read.
“There has been much speculation and commentary from a wide array of people, many of whom have little knowledge of the facts. Unless there is a statement that specifically comes from Mr. Huang or his authorised representatives, which presently is solely Hill & Knowlton Hong Kong office, we would suggest such comments should be given little credence.
“At this point in time there is nothing further for Mr. Huang to announce. If there comes a time where this changes, we will make the appropriate announcements.”
It is believed that Huang’s bid is backed by the China Investment Corporation -China’s largest sovereign investment fund -who are believed to be worth in the region of £280bn, though no proof of funds has yet been provided.
Meanwhile ex-Syrian footballer Yahya Kirdi has claimed to be in advanced negotiations with the Liverpool hierarchy over a deal which would see him seize control at Anfield.
Today’s revelations suggest Kirdi is fronting for a consortium built up of parties from both the Middle East and Canada, though sources inside Liverpool and RBS both dismissed Kirdi’s chances of striking a deal to take over at Anfield just two days ago.
Investment banker Keith Harris, who was a part of the deal which saw Randy Lerner take over at Aston Villa, has claimed he is representing a party planning a “very serious” bid for Liverpool, but as with the Kirdi bid the potential investors have chosen to remain anonymous.