The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Ben Baker

LO­CAL busi­ness­man Alan Hardy is be­lieved to have made a for­mal writ­ten of­fer to buy Notts County.

Chair­man Ray Trew be­came Mag­pies owner in 2010 but an­nounced last month that he was look­ing to sell the club af­ter his fam­ily were sub­jected to “foul and mind­less abuse”.

What’s more, HM Rev­enue & Cus­toms have is­sued a wind­ing-up pe­ti­tion against the club, with the case ad­journed un­til April 25.

But there could be some good news for fans with Hardy, chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Paragon Group and owner of Not­ting­hamshire Golf and Coun­try Club, un­der­stood to be in­ter­ested in buy­ing the club.

BBC Ra­dio Not­ting­ham said: “Alan Hardy is not dis­clos­ing the size of the of­fer made against a back­ground where chair­man Ray Trew has re­port­edly been ask­ing for be­tween £8-£10m, with £5m up front.

“Hardy has let it known he had no prior in­for­ma­tion that the club was fac­ing a windin­gup pe­ti­tion from HMRC.

“The court hear­ing into HRMC’s pe­ti­tion is ad­journed un­til the 25th of April, seem­ingly giv­ing Trew less than 40 days to fi­nalise a deal with new own­ers and sug­gest­ing a pe­riod of hard bar­gain­ing is im­mi­nent.”

IN­TER­EST: Alan Hardy

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