According to the Daily Star, Damien Comolli is leading an American consortium that could move for Newcastle United or West Ham United.

It’s claimed that the US investors are interested in four clubs – Crystal Palace, Southampton, West Ham and then Newcastle if their Saudi-led takeover falls through.

The investors seemingly want somebody with Premier League experience in their camp, and Comolli appears to the man involved.

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West Ham are thought to be favourites for such a takeover, but only if they can avoid relegation and stay in the Premier League this season.

Comolli, 47, has long been associated with the Premier League. He made his name with Arsenal, helping bring in a host of talented players as a scout.

In 2005, he made a bold move to rivals Tottenham, becoming their director of football before leaving in 2008 – though he did bring in the likes of Luka Modric and Dimitar Berbatov.

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He moved on to Saint-Etienne in 2008, and then back to the Premier League in 2010 with Liverpool. His spell there wasn’t impressive at all, signing the likes of Andy Carroll, Charlie Adam and Stewart Downing before leaving in 2012.

His most recent job was with Fenerbahce, working as their Director of Football before losing his job earlier this year.

Comolli’s record is mixed, so Newcastle and West Ham may have concerns about his potential arrival as both clubs look for new eras.

Liverpool Director of Football Damien Comolli in the stands (Reuters)

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