By Declan Walsh

15th Jun, 2022 | 7:40am

Everton takeover: Peter Kenyon agrees period of exclusivity for Farhad Moshiri talks

Peter Kenyon’s consortium has agreed a period of exclusivity to hold in-depth talks with Farhad Moshiri about a potential takeover at Everton, according to The Telegraph.

The newspaper reported via their website on 14 June that heads of terms have been signed and now Kenyon’s group will carry out due diligence on the Premier League club.

It is understood that Polish-born American businessman Maciek Kaminski is “providing the greatest financial weight behind the bid”, which also involves John Thornton, who’s a gold-mining billionaire.

The Telegraph has been told by a source: “Kaminski is the money behind the bid. There is not a lot of information out there about him, but the word is he has significant funding behind him.”

The report adds that if Moshiri does sell Everton, the value of the deal will be over £500million including an extra £500million to build the new stadium and the inheritance of the club’s debts.

Momentum building

This has all come out of the blue, hasn’t it?

It’s no surprise in the grand scheme of things but the pace that these stories have started to gather suggests that Kenyon and his business partners are very serious about striking a deal.

Little is known about Kaminski other than the fact he’s the chief executive of Minneapolis-based Talon Real Estate.

There are several stories online about him being a billionaire (in dollars, not pounds) but they don’t seem as though they’re from the most reliable of sources.

As for Thornton, he’s the former president of Goldman Sachs and is currently the executive chairman of Barrick Gold Corporation, a Canadian-based gold-mining company worth £35.2billion [Forbes].

Are they serious about buying Everton? It seems that’s the case.

Kenyon was involved in a bid to buy Newcastle and has previously helped the takeovers at Paris Saint-Germain and Wolves. Of course, he was also once a member of the hierarchy at Chelsea and Manchester United.

It does feel as though this is a serious effort to buy Everton.

However, don’t get your hopes up if you want Moshiri to sell up and leave.

Just because a period of exclusivity has reportedly been entered, it means very little other than the fact that talks are reaching a more advanced stage.

We’ve seen recently, especially with Derby County and Newcastle, how many issues can arise in takeover talks.

In other Everton news, the Blues could be forced into a big sale as Alisher Usmanov’s name is mentioned in a transfer report.

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