Duffen confirms talks

Former Hull City chairman Paul Duffen says he has the club’s best interests at heart as he assists in finding a buyer for the Tigers.

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The takeover plans of a consortium led by brother and sister pairing Dai Yongge and Dai Xiu Li where derailed after failing to receive Premier League approval, and the Tigers have been forced to quickly turn their attentions elsewhere.

The club’s owners, Assem and Ehab Allam, have opened talks with the new group of investors which is being led by Chinese businessman Chien Lee, and it has now been revealed that Duffen is playing a part in the process.

Duffen would not comment on his involvement in any proposed deal, but he did confirm that he assisting his good friends the Allams with their attempts to sell.

“I have a deep affection for the football club and I am a trusted friend of the Allam family,” Duffen said. “I have been working with them for some time to help find a buyer. My priority is the best interests of the football club.”

The new group of potential investors would also have to receive Premier League approval and it looks like the whole takeover saga will rumble on for a while yet.

It also remains to be seen what kind of impact it will have on the future of caretaker boss Mike Phelan, who is still waiting to see if he will get the job on a permanent basis.

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