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The Everton takeover contest appears to be ended, as Farhad Moshiri is set to make an exclusivity decision.



Following 777 Partner’s failure to complete its Everton takeover deal after 37 weeks, a number of fresh possible purchasers have emerged.

Farhad Moshiri has apparently received three proposals [The Athletic, 8 June], and a number of other parties have been credited with interest, raising expectations that the Toffees’ months of ownership uncertainty will finally be over, but it appears that race has already been won.

Crystal Palace is owned in part by John Textor first appeared in the picture when 777’s exclusive deal with Moshiri was set to expire on May 31, informing The Athletic (26 May) that he had discussed purchasing the club.

Bloomberg reported a “unexpected twist” on June 6, claiming that A-Cap, the American insurer who was 777’s main financial backer, had come forward with an offer of funding that would keep Moshiri in control, with Sky Sports reporting as recently as June 9 that the outfit were actually “looking to acquire” Everton.Everton Farhad Moshiri

Paul Joyce then reported in The Times (6 June) that two of the current club creditors had made competing bids, with local businessmen Andy Bell and George Downing, who it later emerged were backed by computing billionaire Michael Dell’s investment vehicle MSD [Daily Mail, 8 June], and New York firm MSP Sports Capital both making offers.

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