Doncaster Rovers have confirmed that One Direction star Louis Tomlinson is in talks with the owners about a proposed takeover.
A spokesperson for the football club told The Independent: “Following reports in the media, the owners of Doncaster Rovers can confirm that they have been approached and dialogue has taken place with external parties about a proposed takeover.
“At this stage the club is not in a position to comment further about the level and detail of those discussions but will do so as soon as it is legally possible.
“The owners are looking to ensure a swift resolution to the discussions to ensure that this does not impact adversely on the summer transfer activity.
“Any decision made by the current owners will focus on for what is best for Doncaster Rovers in both the short and long term.”
Earlier, it was reported that the Doncaster-born singer and lifelong Rovers fan will team up with John Ryan, the former owner of the club before it was sold to the Keepmoat group, to form a trust and take over the relegated side.
1D: Crazy things Directioners say
1D: Crazy things Directioners say
1/20 One Direction
'I'm so jealous of everyone that meets One Direction. Then again if I met Harry I would hyperventilate, suffocate and die so...' - @m_a_g_z_i_e
2/20 One Direction
'If I ever received a tweet from anyone in One Direction I'd literally die on the spot and I want my obituary and tombstone to blame them.' - @aurosan
3/20 One Direction
'When I die, I want the One Direction 'Talk Dirty to Me' video displayed at my funeral, on a screen projected over my casket, playing non stop, thank you.' - @zaynlikespayne
4/20 One Direction
'I cannot speak I want to write the word 'love' everywhere and tell everyone I love One Direction more than anything ever.' - @sneezeharrys
5/20 One Direction
'I'm in the 'I'm gonna die alone with 8 cats and my posters of One Direction don't breath near me or I'll punch you' mood.' - @nouisteenagers
6/20 One Direction
'HARRY. YOU ARE NOT A GOD DAMN MAN WHORE. YOU ARE A CUPCAKE. JESUS.' - @daddyslittlelou
7/20 One Direction
When 1D were on the cover of GQ magazine: 'The GQ pictures make me want to stab myself in the uterus!' - @ziallsafari
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'I hope that I die before any of the boys in One Direction does cause I will not be able to even move if they go before I do.' - @pokeniall
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Another GQ response read: 'Holy. C**p. The boys on the cover of GQ magazine. Someone shoot me. Push me off a cliff. Stab me!' - @wafaastalks
10/20 One Direction
'Person: Why do you love One Direction? Me: Why do you breathe? Person: If I didn't I'd die. Me: Exactly.' - @idrugsharry
11/20 One Direction
'Don't hate on Louis you f**king a******s or I will shove bleach into your a******s and pull out your eyes with a spork.' - @fxkinlouis
12/20 One Direction
'When are you in public and a One Direction song comes on and your kidneys rupture and then you die.' - @harryhasbooty
13/20 One Direction
'If One Direction were falling off a cliff and I could only save one then I'd shoot myself so we could all die and meet in heaven' - @austinrahone
14/20 One Direction
''One Direction is goin' to be the next to break up'. If you don't shut up I will break your neck and pray for you to die.' - @bubblegumniall
15/20 One Direction
'My friend doesn't like One Direction and I told her that if she said something rude on Twitter she would die.' - @flashing1D
16/20 One Direction
'Do you ever feel like you want to scream and cry and laugh and smile and die because of One Direction. Because same.' - @chenloves1d
17/20 One Direction
'When Niall cuddles someone or something and his cheeks do the thing I die.' - @daintyiero
18/20 One Direction
'My parents always say 'They're gonna die down' and 'You'll grow out of them'. No f**k you I'm getting One Direction tattooed across my face.' - @calumshoran
19/20 One Direction
'Dear One Direction, you stole my heart but that's okay. I like my boys like I like my tea - hot and British with some Irish creme.' - @torii_rakusx
20/20 One Direction
'Imagine Niall barging into the church and saying 'I OBJECT' to your marriage because he loves you.' - @niamhabitat
Ryan ̶ the 52-year-old multi-millionaire who founded cosmetic surgery clinic Transform ̶ currently retains a quarter of the share of the team, but will apparently buy Rovers outright with Tomlinson through the trust.
It is thought that Tomlinson and Ryan will then act as co-chairmen.
“He’s putting everything into it,“ a source told The Sun. ”This is his passion project — and it will happen. He’s putting everything into it because of his love for the side.
“John is the business brains. He’s incredibly experienced and Louis is learning so much from him.
“They want the deal to go through by July in time for the start of the new season. It’s at an advanced stage.”
The 21-year-old star, who was signed to the Doncaster Rovers squad in August 2013 despite never having played higher than Sunday League football, drew more than 2,000 extra fans when he took to the pitch to play for the reserves in February.
It is hoped that Tomlinson’s own fame and fandom will help encourage investors to the struggling side, who were recently relegated from the Championship to League One.
“He and John have very ambitious plans for the club. They want to get back to the Championship within a year, and into the Premiership within three years.”
Tomlinson found himself in the eye of a media storm this week, when a video he shot with bandmate Zayn Malik on tour in Peru, in which they appeared to be smoking marijuana, surfaced online.
“The timing of the Peru video has really upset him because he doesn’t want anything to jeopardise the deal, which is very commercially sensitive and worth a seven-figure sum,” the source continued.
Tomlinson is yet to comment on the reports himself.