It has emerged that Dennis Bergkamp, Dirk Kuyt, Henrik Larsson and at least one other high-profile former Dutch international, expressed an interest in trying to take takeover Wycombe Wanderers earlier this year.
The consortium, which included Ronald Koeman as an advisor, made an approach to the League One club back in January after looking at potential outfits in the third tier of English football.
Talks continued up until June of this year when Wycombe chairman Trevor Stroud pulled the plug on the deal and opted instead to pursue another option.
In July, the board of directors of the Wycombe Wanderers Trust then approved a takeover of the club by American sports team owner Rob Couhig. His proposed takeover, which will be voted on by fans later this month, requires 75 per cent approval by Trust members.
Stroud told The Athletic: “All of the discussions we had before we went down the route with Rob [Couhig] are covered by NDAs (non-disclosure agreements).
“I’ve been asked a few times, people have picked up rumours, but all I can say is, yes, we talked to a number of parties. That’s the position I have to hold.
“We think we’ve got the right person and we’re looking forward to the vote starting next Tuesday.”
A statement issued by the club last week, reads: ‘Wycombe Wanderers Trust are pleased to call a meeting of its Legacy Members, relating to the proposed sale of a majority share in Wycombe Wanderers Football Club to Feliciana EFL Ltd, owned by Rob Couhig.
‘The meeting will take place in the Caledonian Suite at Adams Park on Tuesday 15th October, and provides the opportunity for Legacy Members to discuss the proposal in detail, with a voting period commencing that evening and remaining open for two weeks, closing on Tuesday 29th October.’
If Couhig’s takeover bid is rejected, Berkamp, Kuyt and Larrson are expected to make a fresh bid. The consortium is serious about buying an English club so if they fail to takeover Wycombe, they will almost certainly look at alternatives.
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