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A Front Runner Named - NO ONE Will Know That Yet!

A Front Runner Named - NO ONE Will Know That Yet!

The Independent have a 'source` who has named a potential suitor for Aston Villa.

They name Tevfik Arif as the suitor and call him a controversial Kazakhstan property mogul.

Now, ok, he has money... so that is a tick in the box. But how could they possibly know who is the front runner? Randy Lerner won`t have told them, you can be sure Merill Lynch won`t have, and I doubt the list (if there is a list and we all hope there is) has been completed and submitted to Randy and (if rumours are true that he is going to help again) to the person who helped broker the Villa deal for Randy, Keith Harris

So he might well have an interest, he might well have leaked it, but I can`t see the substance in the report to suggest how they really know who is the front runner at the moment.

They go on to explain that Arif is the founder of New York-based property firm Bayrock Group and also associates with US billionaire Donald Trump.

They also add "Arif was arrested and questioned in October 2010 in a high-profile raid by Turkish police over claims that he supplied Russian businessmen and officials with Eastern European prostitutes for up to $10,000 a night on the Savarona, a luxury yacht originally used by Turkey`s founder Mustafa Ataturk. He was acquitted of all charges in April 2011."

Interestingly (and hopefully) the Independent also say there are six to eight interested parties.

Merrill Lynch have refused to give a 'running commentary on the sale process` as one would certainly expect.

So, another name, I`m sure the ITK`s chasing hits and new members will have a few lies to add about this, in the meantime we will do the boring thing, not lie to you, we`ll just present the articles as they appear and only put them as facts when that is what they become.

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Friday May 30 2014
Time: 9:39AM


exact kinda owner we want. queen of spades in the russian mafia house of cards. he will be laundering money around the world, and hopefully stacking all the cash in the form of assets, into villa. spending millions on players and making villa a brand.
Ali Arab
30/05/2014 09:48:00
If Randy sticks to his moral guns and insists that Aston Villa are sold to a proper custodian then given Arif's history I couldn't see him agreeing to this sale.
30/05/2014 09:52:00
I think it's more likely sources of the prospective purchaser themselves who would leak such information - these things can never entirely stay private with all the best will in the world. I see Randy as the type to renege on any deal for a public leak though.
30/05/2014 09:57:00
No moral decisions here. Don't trust Randy to appoint the right man. Eck, Faulkner, Houllier. He needs help from Deadly again.
30/05/2014 09:59:00
The bloke who did the report tweeted that no-one would confirm or deny the rumour, so I imagine if the leak was from the bidders end, they probably threw in "and we're the front runners"... Since no-one denied it, they ran with it. That's about as likely as any explanation anyway!
Sheriff Kimbo
30/05/2014 10:00:00
Samcks of Gaydamak at Portsmouth to me.... no thnaks
30/05/2014 10:09:00
As Borat would say: High-five!
30/05/2014 10:13:00
King in the castle, king in the castle, I have an epl club. Go do this, go do that.
30/05/2014 10:25:00
No thanks, if he hasn't got at least a billion to waste then we aren't interested.
30/05/2014 10:25:00
You can bet your Burka , its on, morality goes out of the Window .200 mill, randy wants out . No soul in these people. Just profit . Lambert lerner, faulkner its over ,you failed.
Flo Moses
30/05/2014 10:32:00
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