Sheikh ready to bankroll Leeds

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Nothing but good news for Leeds United for a change.

A 1-0 win at Charlton, courtesy of a goal by their bright young prospect, James Milner came on the day that a much-needed takeover of the club was reportedly resurrected.

Sheikh Abdul bin Mubarak Al-Khalifa is apparently ready to lead a consortium in a takeover bid even though it was thought that the Bahraini's enthuasiasm for the project had been damaged by the club's statement to the Stock Exchange on Wednesday that it may have to go into administration in order to cope with £80m debts.

The sheikh was reported in France as saying a deal could yet be struck. He described the consortium as "a group of investors in the Gulf, not only Bahrain, that I direct myself that is going to take over the English club.

My relations with the club go back 25 years and I am saddened by its current situation because they are bottom of the table".

They remain there despite yesterday's victory at The Valley where the 17-year-old side-footed home Mark Viduka's pass from close range to end Leeds' run of six successive defeats and Charlton's seven-match unbeaten Premiership run.

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