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Rival clubs try to hijack Portsmouth takeover

Two high-profile clubs reportedly attempted to hijack Portsmouth's takeover by Dr Sulaiman Al-Fahim. Third parties claiming to represent the interests of Newcastle United and West Ham approached Al-Fahim when hearing of his planned investment.

"I was contacted by groups claiming to represent two major clubs, but I had no interest in walking away from Portsmouth," he told the Sunday Mirror.

"I went to meticulous lengths to find a club that suited my future needs and I have a moral obligation to see the deal through.

"Over the last 12 months I have been offered numerous opportunities to invest in English clubs, but everything felt right about the investment in Portsmouth.

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