NFL owner Shahid Khan believed to be in talks with Mohamed Al Fayed over sale of Fulham
Shahid Khan, owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars, could become the new owner of the London club by the end of this week
Wednesday 10 July 2013
Mohamed Al Fayed is believed to be in talks with a National Football League team owner over the sale of Fulham Football Club.
Shahid Khan, a billionaire car parts manufacturer, bought the Jaguars in December 2011 in an attempt to revolutionise the franchise on and off the field.
Part of that will see the ‘Jags’ come to London for the next four years for the annual London NFL game, and it now seems that Khan may have more than one footballing interest in the English capital.
It was revealed this morning that Fayed is looking to sell the club after investing £200 million since he bought it back in 1997. With early reports that it could be sold to an American owner, is seems that American based Khan could be the man in question, though he actually hails from Lahore in Pakistan.
62-year-old Khan has addressed London as ‘the missing piece’ in the global growth of his NFL team, and having a second team in London would allow him to use both to raise interest in the other, with the Jaguars failing to fill their current stadium in north Florida.
Khan was estimated last year to be worth more than £1.2bn - £198m more than Fayed – and he is ranked 179 in the Forbes 400 list, standing as the 491 wealthiest person in the world.
His car parts manufacturers ‘Flex N’Gate’ run out of Urbana, Illinois, meaning Fulham would probably gain interest in the United States across an 865 mile span between Illinois and Florida.
Khan bought the Jaguars for $760m two years ago, but they went on to record their worst ever season in 2012/3, winning just two of their 16 regular season matches.
Fulham have so far declined to comment on the speculation.
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