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Green link to Leeds?

by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2004-01-09

Philip Green, owner of BHS

Philip Green

Retail billionaire Philip Green is thought to be considering supporting a bid to save Leeds United Football Club.

According to a BBC report, Greene who owns British Home Stores, is said to be part of a consortium being put together by Leeds United former deputy chairman Alan Leighton.

The club has debts of £82m and a backer is needed by January 19 to save it from going into administration.

Last year Green, 52 who also owns Arcadia, the Top Shop to Burton fashion chain, pulled out of a bid to buy supermarket chain Safeway but has hinted that his chequebook is open for the right opportunity.

If Green decides to be part of the consortium he will be the latest Jewish businessman to rescue a struggling football team. Simon Corney, Simon Blitz and Daniel Gazal bought Oldham Athletic in December.