Belokon reveals Pool takeover talks with ‘local businessman’

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Valeri Belokon revealed he has met with “local businessmen” interested in helping him take over Blackpool FC.

Latvian Belokon currently owns 20 per cent of the football club but has long been in dispute with majority owners the Oyston family.

Earlier this year the 55-year-old club president said he would like to buy the club if he could find an interested local investor, and he’s now revealed talks have taken place.

“I’m not ready to tell the names but I have met with local people who love football. We can work together,” Belokon told the BBC’s Inside Out programme. “These are local businessmen with enough money.”

A Belokon takeover has long been a talking point for Blackpool fans, with many hoping he could end the war between the club and many of its supporters.

Pool chairman Karl Oyston has previously suggested the Latvian did not want to buy the club, and while he once again refused to clear-up his actual intentions, Belokon insisted: “I would love to. But I have to to ask myself if I can do everything to own the club in five years.”

Last month Belokon started High Court proceedings against the Oyston family and Blackpool FC’s holding company Segesta Limited.

He filed a claim of ‘unfair prejudice against shareholders’ under the Companies Act of 2006, concerning his investment in the club in July 2008.

Belokon bought his 20 per cent stake in 2006 and was heavily involved at boardroom level during Pool’s rise from League One to the Premier League.

Along with Owen Oyston, Belokon famously funded the signing of Charlie Adam and contributed towards the building of Bloomfield Road’s South Stand.

Belokon spoke out against chairman Karl Oyston, who he accused of lacking care for the football side of the club.

He said: “Owen has, in essence, done a lot for the club in over 25 years. What he really wanted was for Karl to continue to run the club in some kind of dynasty of family members running the club. But it seems he is taken over with the love for money, not for the club.”

Blackpool FC were not available to comment.