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A mysterious Syrian businessman has reportedly begun talks about becoming an investor in Liverpool and is believed to have already spoken with senior RBS officials.

According to the Sunday Times, the club's co-owner, George Gillett, is negotiating a deal with Yahya Kirdi, a former Syrian international footballer who claims to have financial backing in the Middle East.

Gillett has reportedly decided that Kirdi is the most credible investor to have expressed an interest in the club since it was put up for sale by the American duo of himself and Tom Hicks.

Gillett is keen to do business and has introduced his potential new investor to senior officials at both Anfield and the Royal Bank of Scotland, who are owed £300 million by the Merseysiders.

However, there are doubts about Kirdi and whether he has the finance he says. This is the second time he has been involved in takeover talks, the first being in April where there were reports he was in advanced talks with Gillett.

Then the discussions broke down and Andy Lynch, the man tasked with brokering the talks, claimed that Gillett had reneged on an agreed deal.

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