One of the businessmen looking to buy into Sunderland has been revealed, according to media reports, as American stockbroker Mark Campbell.
According to the Scottish Sun, Campbell - backed by money from the Far East - is the investor linked with a move to install John Park as the club’s new director of football.
The same Campbell-led consortium if also in talks to purchase Scottish outfit Falkirk. Falkirk were recently relegated to the third tier of Scottish football and talks are ongoing between a group that owns 62% of the club and the Sunderland-linked consortium.
The article goes on to claim that Falkirk are seen as a potential feeder club for Sunderland should both takeovers go through, however there are two other interested parties in the Scottish club, so the purchase of Falkirk is far from guaranteed.
Sunderland would face competition for Park from Celtic if Campbell’s takeover is successful, with the Scottish champions chief executive Peter Lawwell hoping to convince Park to return to Parkhead with Neil Lennon should he be made Celtic’s next manager.