Potential investors meet as Hartlepool United takeover gathers pace

Daniel Kindberg and a group of prominent Swedish businessmen will today meet to thrash out a potential takeover of Hartlepool United.

Thursday, 22nd February 2018, 05:00 am
Updated Wednesday, 21st February 2018, 21:10 pm
Daniel Kindberg. Picture courtesy of TV4/Fotbollskanalen

The Mail has learned that the Ostersunds chairman, along with four or five other high-profile Scandinavian investors, will convene at the Landmark Hotel in London, with a view to putting together a consortium able to lodge a takeover bid for Pools.

Sources close to the investors have made it clear that Kindberg & Co’s intentions are serious, despite doubts about their legitimacy.

Should talks go well in the capital, it has been suggested that the Swedish-based money men could well move quickly, eyeing a takeover within the next seven days.

Caution must be urged on this one, though. The Swedes are yet to show their hand, despite sniffing around the club for some time.

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Swedish interest, through an agent, dates back to May last year, well before the club was put up for sale or even taken on by Sage Investments and John Blackledge.

Kindberg, who could well front the bid, is in London for his side’s Europa League last 16 clash with Arsenal, which takes place at the Emirates this evening.

The agent who brought these businessmen together had hoped to get Manchester United and Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic involved, but the 36-year-old is thought to have rebuffed the advances.