US group to make Liverpool bid
By BBC Sport
Updated Sunday, 14th March 2010
Liverpool have received a £118.5m investment bid from private equity firm Rhone Group, according to reports.
American co-owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett are obliged to reduce the club's £237m debt with Royal Bank of Scotland by £100m by this summer.
The deal would make the New York-based group the largest shareholder with 40%, Hicks and Gillett each falling to 30%.
The Press Association report added that the bid, tabled on Saturday, has yet to be discussed at board level.
If a bid were to materialise it would be the first positive result of Anfield chief executive Christian Purslow's search for new investors ahead of the bank deadline.
Aside from slashing the club's debt in half, the group's funds would also improve the club's credit-worthiness, which in turn would make Liverpool more attractive for further outside investment.
Hicks and Gillett took control of Liverpool in February 2007, each taking a 50% stake.
However, their reign has proven unpopular with Reds fans, with the debt burden they have placed on the club and the delayed construction of the proposed new stadium at Stanley Park coming in for particular criticism.
Founded in 1997, the Rhone Group is owned and managed by financiers Robert Agostinelli and Steven Langman.
The company describes itself as "one of the world's leading mid-market private equity firms", and has its headquarters in New York with other offices in London and Paris.