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Harris hopeful over Everton sale

Bill Kenwright (left) and David Moyes
Bill Kenwright wants a billionaire to back Everton boss David Moyes

Keith Harris, chairman of investment bank Seymour Pierce, has revealed he is hopeful of finding a buyer for Everton.

Chairman Bill Kenwright has indicated he is willing to sell and has asked Harris to help conduct the search.

Harris said he is "quietly confident" over Newcastle's proposed sale and told BBC Radio 5 Live that he was similarly optimistic about Everton.

He said: "Bill is passionately clear it is is going to be someone who really does care for Everton in the future."

606: DEBATE

Harris added: "Bill has been very straightforward. First and foremost he is the most enormous Everton fan."

Kenwright admitted at a recent EGM called by fans who were unhappy about Everton's proposed ground move to Kirkby that the club needed to find a new billionaire owner.

Harris said: "It is not going to be hot money or people who want to do all sorts of strange things with it. It is somebody who is going to carry on the tradition.

"A big talking point has been the ground and you have heard Bill come out on that. It is very difficult for clubs to compete at the highest level if they can't get 55,000 or 60,000 people to come to watch them."

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see also
Newcastle sale 'progressing well'
13 Oct 08 |  Newcastle
Everton 'need billionaire owner'
03 Sep 08 |  Everton
Kenwright open to 'right' offers
06 Aug 08 |  Everton


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