By MOT Leeds News speaking to Paul Robinson

18th Nov, 2022 | 12:10pm

Leeds United set for 'influx of money' as US banking sources share 49ers Enterprises update - Sky Sports pundit

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Leeds United are in desperate need of an “influx of money” to help strengthen the squad, according to Paul Robinson.

The Times reported on 9 November that 49ers Enterprises have made moves in recent weeks to get the funds together to complete a full takeover at Elland Road.

The investment arm behind the San Francisco 49ers already own 44 per cent of Leeds but are now “gearing up for a full takeover of the club after securing the necessary funds”.

US banking sources have told The Times that the funds are in place while they already have the option to buy existing majority shareholder Andrea Radrizzani out of Elland Road by January 2024.

It seems those plans may be expedited though, as “it is more likely that 49ers Enterprises will act at the end of this season”.

Radrizzani has done a lot of good in his time as Leeds United’s owner and while Robinson believes it’s vital that Leeds secure more investment to build on their squad, the ex-goalkeeper would be gutted to lose the Italian businessman from the board.

“I personally would like to see Radrizzani stay involved in some way because of the impact he’s had and the influence he’s had over the club,” Robinson told MOT Leeds News.

You want to make sure that the club’s taken over by the right people and moves in the right direction on a continual basis. With Radrizzani on board, we know they can do that so I wouldn’t want to see him leave completely.

There is obviously going to be a takeover at some point so the sooner the better because they need an influx of money in the club for the transfer windows.”

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