By Sam Stone

2nd Feb, 2023 | 11:40am

Finance expert makes 'attractive' Everton takeover claim, 'generous' Farhad Moshiri verdict dropped

Football finance expert Kieran Maguire has suggested Everton are still an “attractive” proposition despite the club’s current off-the-field issues.

The Guardian claim (24 January) Farhad Moshiri is looking for £500million as he looks to recover some of the money he has put into the Bramley Moore-Dock Stadium.

Maguire believes the British-Iranian businessman has been a “generous benefactor” and still feels the Toffees’ future opportunities make the club a tempting project for any perspective new owners

“From a business point of view, it comes down to three things. Firstly does the business have resources, Everton do, Farhad Moshiri has been a generous benefactor,” said Maguire (Price of Football Podcast, 4m 27s, 1 February).

“Secondly does the business have opportunities to progress, well yes it does it’s in the Premier League, it’s in a football city and a 50,000-plus stadium on the way, so those are opportunities which will make it an attractive proposition.

“The third issue is the quality of the decision-making which is causing angst from the fans.”

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Out of proportion

Everton are by no means the worst-run club in the country. They may have some of the worst decision-makers but they aren’t in administration, they have a brand new stadium on the way and a billionaire owner. Things could certainly be a hell of a lot worse, considering what other clubs have gone through lower down the football pyramid.

If the Toffees can secure their Premier League status, there’s a good chance we could see a takeover in the summer. The prospect of a brand-new stadium, an international fan base and the chance to rival Liverpool is an opportunity many investors would be willing to take.

However, at present, Premier League survival has to be the priority before the club start looking ahead to the future. They’ve got the perfect man in charge to drag the club away from the bottom three. The magnificent support will back the players to the very end and it’s up to them to show their worth in the second half of the campaign.