Liverpool’s co-owner George Gillett will decide in the next few days whether to support a plan to buy out his partner Tom Hicks.
Gillett is understood to have misgivings over his involvement with Hicks, the man he brought on board to secure the takeover last February.
Another dilemma for Gillett is that Dubai International Capital, the group that tried to buy the club before Gillett and Hicks’ bid was accepted by the Liverpool board, is now prepared to make an offer for Hicks’s 50% stake in the club. The ooffer would allow Hicks to walk away from teh club with a substantial profit.
“It is a very delicate situation but DIC has reignited its interest,” a Liverpool source told The Guardian. “The terms of the offer, which will be made to Tom Hicks, have been agreed and DIC are hopeful they will be finally be able to invest in Liverpool.”
Meanwhile, Gillett and his co-chairman Hicks have almost reached agreement on a £350m loan that would allow them to repay money borrowed for their £218.9m takeover and commence work on their revised plans for a new stadium. The deal could be completed early next week providing the two Americans sign the terms on offer.
However, given the growing uncertainty that deal now looks in jeopardy. Nonetheless, a spokesman for the two Americans said: “Any suggestion Hicks and Gillett are contemplating a sale of the club or any portion of it is categorically untrue.”
The club’s current owners have come under fire from supporters recently after it emerged they had spoekn to Jurgen Klinsmann about the possibility of him replacing Rafael Benitez as manager.