Former Birmingham and Manchester City defender Ray Ranson has ended his interest in taking over Aston Villa. Ranson, a successful businessman, had been linked with a £45m bid for the Midlands outfit, but his proposal has been rejected by the Villa board.
'Ray Ranson confirms he submitted a proposal to the board of Aston Villa plc subject to due diligence,' a statement to the Stock Exchange said.
'The board of Aston Villa plc have decided that the price was inadequate.'
The statement added: 'Mr Ranson has therefore decided not to pursue his interest in making an offer.'
Major shareholder and chairman Doug Ellis has resisted any attempts to buy control of Villa and a £30m bid from a consortium, which included Ranson, was rejected 14 months ago.
Ellis has suffered health problems in recent weeks and is recovering from triple heart bypass surgery.