EVERTON are unlikely to find new investment until the future of rivals Liverpool is resolved, according to a top football deal broker.
Keith Harris, of investment bank Seymour Pierce, has been helping Bill Kenwright’s search for a buyer since 2008.
But Harris, who has also advised Newcastle United and Liverpool’s boards, said: “I suspect the Liverpool deal has got to play out and come to fruition first. Liverpool are in more urgent need of resolution to their dilemma. Everton have survived for some time and will continue.
“There is nothing currently in the pipeline for Everton. They remain a great football club with great support and they are not over-geared. But in the last two years there has not really been an ordinary football club takeover done. West Ham was a bail-out and Manchester City’s situation was very different.
“We are involved in a lot of deals, which I think are going to happen. You do your best to check them out and make sure they have bona fides, and then when you ask politely to see some of the money and they disappear. It’s strange.”
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