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Controversial ex-Watford owner Laurence Bassini eyes Birmingham as new club

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Laurence Bassini has previously run Watford and been looking to get back into football after failed moves for Oldham, Charlton and Bolton

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Former Watford owner Laurence Bassini is keen on buying Birmingham for £27million 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 was previously declared bankrupt, called police when a trusted member of Watford’s staff refused to hand over the keys to the club safe.

He then sent gloating 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 for three years from serving as a director of any club after a panel ruled the Stanmore businessman was “dishonest with the League and his fellow directors” and slammed his “secrecy and deception”.



Bolton Wanderers held talks with Laurence Bassini in 2019 over buying the cash-strapped club but a proposed takeover collapsed
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But it hasn’t stopped Bassini from trying to own another club more recently after holding talks with the likes of Oldham and Charlton previously.

He also tried to get control at Bolton in 2019 in a protracted takeover attempt which collapsed just before the start of the 2019/20 season when he failed to provide proof of funding.

It led to Bolton owner Ken Anderson blaming Bassini for time-wasting as the club battled a High Court winding-up order.

But Bassini remains keen on returning to football and has been eyeing Championship Birmingham.



Birmingham manager Lee Bowyer at St Andrews
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Brum have been under foreign ownership since David Sullivan and David Gold sold up in 2009.

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

Birmingham are four points off the play-offs in the second tier after one defeat in four games.

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




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