Controversial ex-Watford owner Laurence Bassini is looking at Birmingham’s takeover


Laurence Bassini has previously run Watford and sought to return to football after unsuccessful moves for Oldham, Charlton and Bolton

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Former Watford owner Laurence Bassini is keen to sign Birmingham for £ 27m as he continues to try to get back into football.

Bassini was chairman of the Hornets from 2011-2012 before selling up to the Pozzo family.

His reign ended in controversy after Bassini, who had previously been declared bankrupt, called police when a trusted member of Watford’s staff refused to hand over the keys to the club’s safe.

He then sent happy text messages to Hornets legend Graham Taylor after the club lost a play-off final at Wembley in 2013.

A Football League commission also banned Bassini from serving as director of any club for three years after a panel found the Stanmore businessman was “dishonest with the league and its co-directors” and criticized his “secrecy and deception”.

Bolton Wanderers had talks with Laurence Bassini in 2019 to buy the cash club, but a proposed takeover collapsed


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But that has not stopped Bassini from trying to own another club recently after having talks with people like Oldham and Charlton in the past.

He also tried to gain control at Bolton in 2019 in a lengthy takeover bid, which collapsed just before the start of the 2019/20 season as he was unable to provide evidence of funding.

That led to Bolton owner Ken Anderson accusing Bassini of wasting time as the club battled a High Court ruling.

But Bassini is still eager to return to football and has looked at Championship Birmingham.

Birmingham manager Lee Bowyer at St. Andrews


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Brum has been under foreign ownership since David Sullivan and David Gold sold out in 2009.

But the Far East-owned club, now run by the Trillion Trophy Asia, have been languishing in the championship since 2011, when they were relegated despite winning the Carling Cup.

Birmingham are four points from the playoffs in the second row after a defeat in four games.

But they lost their last match 2-1 at home to Reading despite taking an early lead through Scott Hogan


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