Everton are close to securing a minority investment stake from MSP Sports Capital, according to a fresh report by the Liverpool Echo (6 March).
MSP and the Toffees have been in negotiations for several weeks about potential investment in the club, but they were thrown into doubt amid reports that a takeover bid for Tottenham was imminent.
However that seems to have had cold water poured on it, and talks are now at an advanced stage to see them come in at Goodison Park and that could pave the way for an easier exit for Farhad Moshiri in the future.
“Talks with Everton are understood to be at an advanced stage with MSP, with any successful deal likely to see at least two board seats handed to the US firm whose modus operandi with their sporting investments is to have a significant operational control and influence,” they wrote.
“Selling a minority stake would also allow Moshiri a potentially easier exit plan should he wish to do so in the coming seasons, with any sale of a minority stake likely done so to a partner that would be in a position to accrete their stake into full ownership over time.”
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After the result on Sunday against Nottingham Forest, this is shaping into a good week for Everton if this turns out to be true.
Moshiri is clearly looking for an exit path away from Everton, but with so much investment having gone into the new stadium and the club since he came seven years ago, he wants to make sure he’s in a prime position to get as much as possible when the time comes.
By bringing in an investment group who like to have a controlling stake, he is preparing for the future while also minimising the amount of cash he needs to put in going forward.
It could end up being a scenario similar to Leeds and the 49ers Enterprises group, where there is an option for a full takeover at a certain point and allows their owner to leave.
Moshiri and the board need to go and fans have been calling for it for several years. It now seems as though things are heading in that right direction finally.