Everton are surprised at reports linking Jahm Najafi with a Tottenham Hotspur bid, reports The Athletic.
The Iranian-American billionaire is plotting a £3.1 billion takeover of the north London club.
Najafi plans to formally approach Spurs’ owners in the coming weeks as he sets eyes on owning a Premier League club.
However, the chairman of MSP Sports Capital was at Goodison Park last month to watch Everton take on Southampton.
The 60-year-old is interested in acquiring a stake in the Toffees and is considering a possible investment.
According to The Athletic, Najafi was shown around key club sites by Everton officials before the game.
Talks about acquiring a minority stake have continued since then, but it appears MSP are moving on.
The Blues owner Farhad Moshiri wants to bring additional capital into the club. However, that will unlikely come from Najafi’s consortium if they complete a Spurs takeover.
Everton saw MSP as credible potential investors and likely frontrunners. It appears they will have to look elsewhere for the investment they crave.
Tottenham have not put their club up for sale, but it is believed MSP will have to up their £3.1bn bid to have a chance.
The Athletic claim Spurs could demand between £3.5-4.4bn if Joe Lewis and Daniel Levy opt to sell.
A takeover is never straightforward, and Najafi could still fail to buy the club for plenty of reasons.
Manchester United and Liverpool are for sale, and buying a club on the market would be more straightforward.
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