Reports: Thaksin buys Man City

BANGKOK: Deposed Thai prime minister and football fan Thaksin Shinawatra, who once tried to purchase Liverpool, may be considering buying another English Premier League team, his lawyer hinted yesterday. 

Noppadol Pattama would not confirm local press reports that the billionaire Thaksin, in exile in Britain since his September ouster, would try to buy a stake in Manchester City. 

But he said Thaksin was considering a stake in an English club. 

“He is looking to do some business, and it is possible that he will buy a team because he loves football,” Noppadol said.  

“But I cannot confirm or deny it yet. It will be more clear in the next few weeks.” 

Local media reported that Thaksin had already bought Manchester City, currently languishing at the bottom of the premiership, for six billion baht (US$184mil) with the help of investors in China and the Middle East. 

The papers said that Fulham owner Mohammad Al Fayed, a friend of Thaksin, had also helped with the purchase. – AFP  

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