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The American is set for a sizeable windfall after agreeing a deal to sell the NFL team which he inherited following his father's death 10 years ago this month

Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner's $1 billion [£622m] sale of the Cleveland Browns has been approved by NFL heads.

The American football league governing body voted 32-0 on Tuesday to approve a deal which will see buisnessman Jimmy Haslam take full control.

Lerner inherited ownership of the Browns franchise 10 years ago this month, following the death of his father Al.

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It is as yet unclear whether the New-York born entrepreneur plans to now invest the money back into the Midlands club, which he purchased in 2006.

Recent reports have denied suggestions that Lerner is looking to also pull out of Villa.

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