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The Peter Kenyon-fronted consortium that have been in talks to buy Everton have insisted their offer for the club remains on the table.
A group fronted by former Manchester United and Chelsea chief executive Kenyon and bankrolled by American businessman Maciek Kaminski had hoped to reach an agreement to buy Everton by July 21.
As first revealed by Telegraph Sport, the consortium had been granted a period of exclusivity after signing heads of terms over a deal worth over £500 million.
But, following the expiry of the period of exclusivity on Thursday night, sources close to Everton’s majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri insisted that any potential deal was dead and negotiations were over.
The Kenyon-Kaminski group, however, have maintained that their bid is not over and that they have not walked away from talks, prompting confusion among Everton supporters.
There was a phone call between the Kenyon-Kaminski group, which also includes American businessman John Thornton, and Moshiri over the weekend, but the position of each party has not changed.
Through his company, Kam Sports, Kaminsi has now released a statement that said: “As a general principle, we prefer to conduct our business in private to create the fairest environment for those involved - and in this particular situation, to minimise uncertainty for fans of Everton.
“It is regrettable that this has not been possible. We respectfully remain interested in acquiring the club as we believe its fans deserve nothing less than the best, and our offer to achieve this stands. However, in consideration of all Everton fans, we will not be making further public comments at this time.”
Kaminski has visited England to speak to Moshiri about his bid and to look around the site of Everton’s new £500m stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock, which he had vowed to fund.
Sources close to Moshiri claim he is now focused on completing stadium financing and the transfer market.