Sulaiman Al Fahim's proposed takeover of Portsmouth is facing more delays.
The Observer says the "due diligence" process for the deal is in its sixth week, but Fahim has still not agreed a price to buy the club and his lawyers have informed the Premier League that negotiations are ongoing with the current owner, Alexandre Gaydamak.
The news raises fresh concerns over whether the buy-out will go through, as Fahim has continually asserted that it is only the due diligence paperwork which is holding up a deal which was first announced in May. The League are waiting for other documents to be returned and the best-case scenario for completion is the end of July. The new season starts on 15 August.