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Report: Leeds Fans United to speak to Russell Crowe about takeover

Russell Crowe & Danielle Spencer Sept 14 2011

Leeds United supporters are planning to reach out to Russell Crowe once again.

Supporter group Leeds Fans United are planning to speak to actor Russell Crowe about joining their takeover bid, report the Yorkshire Evening Post.

Club owner Massimo Cellino told The BBC last week that he had decided to sell his majority stake in the club to the fans.

Crowe is a self-confessed Leeds United supporter, and earlier this year made headlines when he asked his Twitter followers whether it would be a good idea to buy the club, with The BBC reporting the developments at the time.

The Yorkshire Evening Post's latest report states: "Crowe said earlier this year that he had decided against a personal purchase of the club after a long period of consideration, but encouraged fans to support LFU in its work and it is understood that he is on a list of potential investors LFU will try and speak to over the coming days."

Massimo Cellino's asking price is unclear, but the YEP report estimates it will be upwards of £10 million.

Crowe told The BBC in August that he felt making a bid to buy and run Leeds would also take over his life, and distanced himself from getting involved.

Yet if Leeds Fans United can convince him to believe in their project and invest money towards their cause, it could be best for both parties, with Crowe's name attached the project giving prestige as well as the funds, while he will also be praised around the world should the supporters accomplish their goal with his help. 

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