William Storey rubbishes Sunderland takeover claims

William Storey

British businessman William Storey has rubbished suggestions that a proposed takeover of Sunderland by Kril Louis-Dreyfus and Juan Sartori will be completed next week and has described those claims as “nonsense.”


Storey submitted a second legal bid to purchase the Black Cats on 19th November and believes his will be accepted despite suggestions to the contrary.

He took to Twitter over the weekend to say: “I can confirm that my London lawyers submitted a second formal legal bid to purchase Sunderland AFC on the 19th November.

“It is by far the biggest offer received by Madrox partners limited & I expect it to be accepted.”

The Louis-Dreyfus-Sartori bid is understood to be the preferred bid and according to reports, that is now said to be being looked at by the EFL who must apply their Owners’ and Directors’ Test before giving it their seal of approval. Sunderland, however, have refused to comment as to whether or not that is the case.

Storey claimed last week that the Louis-Dreyfus-Sartori bid is “for less than half of what I’ve bid and is miles away from being agreed”.

Sunderland chief executive Jim Rodwell stated earlier this month that a potential buyer is currently in a ‘period of exclusivity’. Since then, there has been no official comment from anyone at the club.

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