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One Direction singer completes takeover of boyhood club

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Doncaster Rovers have been taken over by lifelong fan and One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson.

The League One club could be about to see a surge in popularity among teenage girls after the 22-year-old heartthrob completed the takeover with former chairman John Ryan.

The boy band member has been embroiled in talks to buy out the club for the past few weeks, but the deal was twice almost scuppered because of negotiations over Tomlinson's image rights.

However the Daily Mail are reporting that a spokesperson for John Ryan said "the takeover is complete", and will be discussed in greater detail at a press conference in London later today.

The popstar, who used to sell burgers outside of the Keepmoat Stadium before his rise to fame with 1D, actually signed for Rovers last season in order to boost the support for Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice.

He joined on a non-contract basis and made his debut in a reserve match against Scunthorpe United reserves. The game finished 0-0 and during Tomlinson's 25-minute cameo appearance he spent more time flicking his hair back rather than making a telling contribution to the game. It's safe to say he will not be seen in the first team anytime soon.

Also with the X-Factor star's career taking him all over the world it's unlikely he'll be involved in much of the behind the scenes work at the South Yorkshire club, who were relegated from the Championship last season.

John Ryan will seemingly takeover the day-to-day running of the club that he left last November after 15-years of involvement. The 64-year-old businessman has a wealth of experience with football clubs and he was an instrumental factor behind Donny's rise from non-league football to the Championship.

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