By Mark Smith

7th Dec, 2021 | 4:10pm

Phil Hay: 49ers takeover of Leeds United won't happen in next two months

Phil Hay has insisted that the 49ers Enterprises takeover of Leeds United will not happen in the next two months.

The Athletic reported that the American consortium have the option to take full control of the Whites before 2024 for just under £500million.

With the January transfer window around the corner, Hay was quizzed on how fast the deal could be completed.

Speaking to BBC West Yorkshire Sport this week (6th December), Hay shared a timeline on what he expects.

“I don’t think I would say imminent as in any time soon,” he said.

“I don’t think in the next couple of months people will be expecting this to happen, but the fact that the agreement is there and in writing tells you it is very much on the cards.”

Not imminent.

So, although it is likely guaranteed to happen, it won’t be right around the corner in the next two months.

Those wanting it to happen straight away clearly have one eye on January and the potential for some major signings.

The 49ers are clearly the ones with the funds moving forward, with Andrea Radrizzani preparing to hand over the baton and that is exactly what is needed to push on to the next level.

One thing that is clear is that January signings would certainly help the cause of staying in the Premier League beyond this season.

The next four games against Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool could spring some transfer action, but that will all depend on our place in the league – fingers crossed we can pick up some points.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites are ready to make major January signings with unexpected deals to force action