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1D Louis wants to buy Rovers

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One Direction sensation Louis Tomlinson could be swapping the stage for the boardroom after mounting a bid to buy hometown football club Doncaster Rovers.

The Bessacarr-born pop star has teamed up with former Rovers chairman John Ryan to put together a multi-million pound offer to take over the club.

Rovers last night confirmed they had been approached ‘by an external party’ but did not disclose the identity of the potential buyers.

A statement from the club read: “Following reports in the media, the owners of Doncaster Rovers can confirm that they have been approached and dialogue has taken place with external parties about a proposed takeover.

“At this stage the club is not in a position to comment further about the level and detail of those discussions but will do so as soon as it is legally possible.

“The owners are looking to ensure a swift resolution to the discussions to ensure that this does not impact adversely on summer transfer activity.

“Any decision made by the current owners will focus on for what is best for Doncaster Rovers in both the short and long term.”

Since rising to fame with his bandmates in 2010, Tomlinson has shown an increased interest in his hometown club, making appearances at games and taking part in charity events.

A source told The Sun yesterday: “This is his passion project and it will happen.

“He is putting everything into it because of his love for the side.”

Last summer he ‘signed’ for Rovers, enabling him to play for the club’s development squad in a game against Rotherham United earlier this year.

The game attracted thousands of avid One Direction fans from all over the world to the Keepmoat Stadium with proceeds going to Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.

Tomlinson’s potential business partner Ryan still owns around a quarter of Rovers to which he has made considerable loans during his 15-year business relationship which have yet to be repaid.

Ryan stood down as Rovers chairman last November after a takeover attempt by Belize-based hedge fund Sequentia Capital - backed by the 65-year-old - was turned down by the club’s other major shareholders.

National newspaper reports suggest Tomlinson and Ryan would act as co-chairman should their takeover attempt be successful.

But the Star understands Tomlinson would allow Ryan to carry out the day-to-day business at Rovers while he continued with his pop career.

 

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