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Bates: Leeds takeover bid taking time

According to chairman Ken Bates, Championship Leeds United remain the subject of a takeover bid but it is only progressing slowly. The Elland Road club announced on June 26 they had entered an exclusivity period with potential investors but on Tuesday, 84 days later, the situation remains unresolved.

Bates said: "Despite the confidentiality agreement, stories keep appearing with varying degrees of accuracy as evidenced by the statements put out by LUST (Leeds United Supporters Trust).

"That included a TV interview that said a deal was 'imminent'. It wasn't then and is progressing slowly now. In football everybody expects everything now - but the real world is different."

Writing in the club programme ahead of Tuesday night's clash with Hull, Bates added: "The current situation is that as I write, the appropriate documents have not been finalised between the lawyers."

GFH Capital are working on the deal on behalf of a Middle Eastern consortium.

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