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Ex-Leeds United midfielder Steve Hodge welcomes Russell Crowe speculation

Steve Hodge says that he would be delighted if Russell Crowe bought Leeds United.

Steve Hodge has suggested on Radio Yorkshire that the recent speculation surrounding the potential takeover of Leeds United by Russell Crowe has done the club good.

Hollywood actor Crowe is a huge Leeds fans, and a recent post from him on social networking site Twitter flared up rumours that he would be interested in buying the Championship outfit.

Former Leeds midfielder Hodge does not believe that the New Zealand actor is genuinely interested in buying the West Yorkshire club, but he welcomes his reported interest.

“I am not sure if he is that serious or not, I honestly don’t know, that’s not my domain,” the 52-year-old told Radio Yorkshire on Wednesday.

“It’s never a bad thing for PR for somebody of that stature heading or owning your football club. I am certainly a fan of Russell Crowe, and from my point of view, if he bought the club, it would be fantastic.”

The rumours of Crowe buying Leeds have cooled down now, but the publicity that it gave to the club was huge.

The former Premier League outfit’s 2014-15 campaign is pretty much over, but next season will bring the promise of a challenge for a top-six finish in the Championship playoffs.

Even if Crowe does not make any move to buy Leeds, the club do have many of the things in place for a successful 2015-16 campaign.

If head coach Neil Redfearn is backed in the summer transfer window, then the Whites can even mount a challenge for the Championship title.

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