Former Arsenal captain Tony Adams is said to be leading a consortium interested in making a £150million bid to buy Aston Villa from current owner Randy Lerner, according to the Birmingham Mail.
A report from Sky’s City Editor Mark Kleinman broke on Thursday afternoon suggesting that Adams has even approached a series of city investors to look for funding into getting the deal off the ground.
Adams, alongside former Chelsea and IMG executive Paul Smith, run a firm called Halo, and the pair are seeking financial backing and have been locked in talks with potential investors all week to raise the necessary funds.
Villa owner Randy Lerner is said to have been looking for a way out of the club for months now, but club CEO Tom Fox recently claimed that a sale would not be imminent.
“I think I’d know if there was a sale imminent,” Fox said.
“Look, there may be people out there who in their own mind think they want to buy Aston Villa.
“It’s nothing that we know about it. People are trying to fill the void of information with something.
“And I’m not suggesting you are irresponsible for asking these questions, but a lot of what is being said out there is just borderline irresponsible.”