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Sneijder involved with consortium in talks to take over Blackpool

Dutch hero Wesley Sneijder involved in consortium from Singapore in talks to take over Blackpool

  • Two meetings took place between vSport and Blackpool owner Owen Oyston
  • Oyston likely to sell up after being ordered to pay £33million to ex-president
  • Sneijder open to becoming 'hands-on' with a club after he retires from football 

By Jack Gaughan for the Daily Mail

Published: 16:52 EDT, 17 May 2018 | Updated: 19:19 EDT, 17 May 2018

A Singaporean consortium involving Wesley Sneijder have held talks to take over Blackpool.

Sportsmail understands two meetings took place between vSport — founded by Qiang Bai and former Real Madrid midfielder Sneijder — and Blackpool owner Owen Oyston last month.

Oyston is likely to sell the Seasiders after a devastating court defeat that left him ordered to pay ex-president Valeri Belokon £33million.

Qiang Bai (left), Owen Oyston and Alexander Jarvis of Blackbridge, who helped facilitate investment into Barnsley and Peterborough United. The trio met at Oyston’s estate
Qiang Bai (left), Owen Oyston and Alexander Jarvis of Blackbridge, who helped facilitate investment into Barnsley and Peterborough United. The trio met at Oyston’s estate

Qiang Bai (left), Owen Oyston and Alexander Jarvis of Blackbridge, who helped facilitate investment into Barnsley and Peterborough United. The trio met at Oyston's estate

The 84-year-old still owes £24m to Belokon, who has long since retained an interest in gaining control of the League One club.

Lawyers for both sides were back in court this week with no sign of the acrimony ending. Oyston is currently going through a messy divorce and was labelled 'nasty' and 'vindictive' in the High Court.


Bai is on the hunt to purchase a Football League club using his business, vSport, a cryptocurrency platform backed by blockchain technology. 

He has discussed buying the entirety of Blackpool — both the football and property companies — and removing all Oyston involvement.

vSport - part founded by Wesley Sneijder (above) - have twice held talks with owner Oyston
vSport - part founded by Wesley Sneijder (above) - have twice held talks with owner Oyston

vSport - part founded by Wesley Sneijder (above) - have twice held talks with owner Oyston

Oyston is likely to sell Blackpool after being ordered to pay  Valeri Belokon £33million
Oyston is likely to sell Blackpool after being ordered to pay  Valeri Belokon £33million

Oyston is likely to sell Blackpool after being ordered to pay Valeri Belokon £33million

The meetings took place at Bloomfield Road and at Oyston's estate. Sources suggested that Sneijder would be open to becoming 'hands-on' with the running of a club after he retires. 

The former Holland international signed for Al-Gharafa in Qatar earlier in the year.

Oyston released a statement on Blackpool's official website on April 6 claiming 'an agreement is close to being finalised for an investment group to have an active and serious financial involvement' but that never materialised. Sources close to the owner branded the statement 'bizarre'.

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