Reds takeover under threat

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A £300m offer to buy Liverpool by NESV will be withdrawn if the club is deducted nine points, Sky Sports News understands.

Nine-point deduction 'a deal breaker'

A £300million offer to buy Liverpool by New England Sports Ventures (NESV) will be withdrawn if the club is deducted nine points, Sky Sports News understands. An NESV source has told Sky Sports News that a nine-point deduction would be a 'deal-breaker' but stressed that 'nobody wants to go down this route to madness'. NESV's owners and directors were approved by the Premier League on Friday but their takeover is in doubt following a legal dispute between the Liverpool board and co-owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett. Liverpool could be deducted nine points by the Premier League if their parent company, Kop Holdings, goes into administration.

Hopeful

Kop Holdings owe in excess of £230m to Royal Bank of Scotland and must pay by 15th October. It is understood that NESV remain 'hopeful' about the current situation but acknowledge a points deduction would 'change the nature of the purchase'. Meanwhile, Sky Sports News understands that NESV have consulted former Liverpool chief executive Rick Parry over its bid. It is understood Parry's advice was given for free, as part of a background discussion about the stadium and the Premier League, and there are no immediate plans for Parry to return to Liverpool should NESV's bid be successful.

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