Date: 30th May 2014 at 9:40am
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The Independent have a ‘source` who has named a potential suitor for Aston Villa.

They name Tevfik Arif as the suitor and call him a controversial Kazakhstan property mogul.

Now, ok, he has money… so that is a tick in the box. But how could they possibly know who is the front runner? Randy Lerner won`t have told them, you can be sure Merill Lynch won`t have, and I doubt the list (if there is a list and we all hope there is) has been completed and submitted to Randy and (if rumours are true that he is going to help again) to the person who helped broker the Villa deal for Randy, Keith Harris

So he might well have an interest, he might well have leaked it, but I can`t see the substance in the report to suggest how they really know who is the front runner at the moment.

They go on to explain that Arif is the founder of New York-based property firm Bayrock Group and also associates with US billionaire Donald Trump.

They also add “Arif was arrested and questioned in October 2010 in a high-profile raid by Turkish police over claims that he supplied Russian businessmen and officials with Eastern European prostitutes for up to $10,000 a night on the Savarona, a luxury yacht originally used by Turkey`s founder Mustafa Ataturk. He was acquitted of all charges in April 2011.”

Interestingly (and hopefully) the Independent also say there are six to eight interested parties.

Merrill Lynch have refused to give a ‘running commentary on the sale process` as one would certainly expect.

So, another name, I`m sure the ITK`s chasing hits and new members will have a few lies to add about this, in the meantime we will do the boring thing, not lie to you, we`ll just present the articles as they appear and only put them as facts when that is what they become.