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Lander Founder Gao Jisheng Casts Doubts Over Southampton Deal

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 07 / 24 / 17

The owner of a Chinese firm behind a bid to take over Premier League club Southampton said on Friday that the deal was "being held up" and that he was not "sure if the current owner still wanted to sell, casting doubts over the long-running negotia...

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