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SBD Global/June 3, 2014/Franchises

One Direction Singer Louis Tomlinson In Talks About Takeover Of Doncaster

One Direction member Louis Tomlinson is in talks to buy Doncaster Rovers.
League One side Doncaster Rovers confirmed that One Direction star Louis Tomlinson "is in talks with the owners about a proposed takeover," according to Jenn Selby of the London INDEPENDENT. A spokesperson for the Doncaster Rovers owners confirmed that they "have been approached and dialogue has taken place with external parties about a proposed takeover." The spokesperson said, “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." It was reported that the Doncaster-born singer and lifelong Rovers fan "will team up" with John Ryan, the former owner of the club before it was sold to the Keepmoat group, "to form a trust and take over the relegated side." Ryan "currently retains a quarter of the share of the team, but will apparently buy Rovers outright with Tomlinson through the trust." It is "thought that Tomlinson and Ryan will then act as co-chairmen." A source said, “He’s putting everything into it. This is his passion project -- and it will happen” (INDEPENDENT, 5/30).
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