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Singaporean consortium involving Wesley Sneijder ‘in talks’ to buy Blackpool FC

Owen Oyston has held two meetings with the consortium, according to the Daily Mail
Owen Oyston has held two meetings with the consortium, according to the Daily Mail

A consortium from Singapore involving former Real Madrid star Wesley Sneijder have held talks over purchasing Blackpool Football Club, according to national reports.

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The Daily Mail have reported that two meetings took place between a company called vSport and the club’s owner Owen Oyston last month.

The business was founded by Chinese-American entrepreneur Qiang Bai but Sneijder is also thought to be involved.

Sneijder, now 33, is still playing for Qatari side Al-Gharafa. He has been capped 133 times by the Dutch national team.

But the Mail claims he would be open to becoming ‘hands on’ with the running of a club once he retires.

Former Real Madrid star Wesley Sneijder is thought to have links with the consortium

Former Real Madrid star Wesley Sneijder is thought to have links with the consortium

Bai has reportedly discussed a full buyout of Blackpool - including the club and property companies - and removing all Oyston involvement.

The meetings between Bai and Oyston apparently took place at Bloomfield Road and at Oyston’s estate.

They were also joined by Alexander Jarvis of Blackbridge, a British financier, who has previously helped facilitate investment in Barnsley and Peterborough United.

The Mail has published photos of Oyston with Bai and Jarvis, posing in front of his infamous woolly mammoth.

vSport, a business registered in Singapore, is described as the first blockchain aimed at the sports industry.

Blockchain, invented in 2008, is a technology launched to power bitcoin.

The Gazette understands the consortium are genuine and have even held talks about a possible takeover previously.

At the start of 2017, Jarvis met with Owen and Karl Oyston as well as former chief executive Alex Cowdy to introduce the consortium.

Oyston, who still owes £24m to former director Valeri Belokon, claimed at the start of April that a deal was close to being finalised with an investment group.

On April 26, the 84-year-old released a subsequent statement saying a deal would be completed within the “next three to five days”, but a deal never materialised.