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Indian businessman set to pick up Rovers

sports Updated: Aug 04, 2010 23:27 IST

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Blackburn Rovers who have long struggled to keep their heads above water in the Premier League are reported to be the subject of a £300m takeover bid by a Indian businessman.

Ahasan Ali Syed, the head of investment firm Western Gulf, which is based in Bahrain and Switzerland, has made an approach to the club's advisers, Rothchilds, with a view to buying Rovers, clearing their debts and giving manager Sam Allardyce the funds to bring in new players.

Rothchilds has alerted the trustees of the late Jack Walker's estate, who still have a huge influence on the club.

Syed, 36, is the sole heir to the family business which has its origins in the East India Company.

He is understood to have singled out Blackburn because of their potential for growth. He wants a deal to be agreed this month and the sale completed in September.

Earlier this summer, another bid from India tabled a £25m bid, offering to tap into Blackburn's large Asian population.

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