Everton takeover thrown into fresh doubt as 777 asks for more time

Miami-based company had hoped to close deal by end of weekInvestment firm reportedly approaching lenders for funding

Fresh doubt has been raised over 777 Partners’ ability to buy Everton after the Miami-based investment company asked for more time to complete the deal.

The American company had been seeking to close the protracted takeover by the end of this week, with part of a £158m loan to MSP Sports Capital and two local business people, Andy Bell and George Downing, due to be repaid by Monday under conditions set by the Premier League.

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