Super-rich American businessman Larry Ellison is reportedly in advanced talks to buy crisis-hit Aston Villa.
Villa’s problems have been well-documented in recent weeks with some abysmal performances on the pitch and plenty of disharmony within the boardroom as owner Randy Lerner searches for a buyer for the West Midlands outfit.
Striker Gabby Agbonlahor has also been suspended pending an internal investigation over his conduct and then directors David Bernstein and Mervyn King stepped down from their posts.
Add to all this claims that they will be cutting at least 500 jobs at Villa Park and the clubs other bases as they count the cost of relegation, and the picture is bleak.
However, there could be finally some good news on the horizon as The Sun claims it is US mogul Ellison who is hoping to buy the club and is already in talks over a deal, after chairman Steve Hollis revealed he was engaged in “extensive negotiations in relation to the sale of the club”.
Ellison, 71, is the seventh-richest man in the world according to Forbes’ list of billionaires and has a huge net worth of Â£35billion.
He was first linked with a potential buy-out last year but any interest he had in Villa then never materialised.
Villa fans will not be holding their breath over the latest claims but it appears Lerner and his associates are finally making some progress as they look to sell up and Ellison could well be in the frame.