The Non-League Football Paper - - FA TROPHY QUARTER FINALS -

DULWICH HAM­LET say they are “in­cred­i­bly dis­ap­pointed” that a multi-mil­lion pound of­fer from home­grown hero Rio Fer­di­nand to save the club was re­jected.

The for­mer Eng­land cap­tain made the of­fer, close to £10m, through his af­ford­able hous­ing com­pany Legacy Foun­da­tion in De­cem­ber to buy the club’s Cham­pion Hill ground from own­ers Meadow Res­i­den­tial.

Meadow, though, say they want more than £13m for the site, putting the club’s fu­ture in se­ri­ous doubt. In a state­ment is­sued on twit­ter on Fri­day, the club said: “We were aware of Rio’s bid in De­cem­ber and were in­cred­i­bly dis­app-ointed that it didn’t seem to be taken se­ri­ously. We saw Legacy as the per­fect fit.

“We’ve been work­ing with a third party since the new year to try to bro­ker a deal with Meadow to move the club out of this sit­u­a­tion. De­spite our best ef­forts, we’ve got­ten nowhere.

“We do not ex­pect our li­cense to be ex­tended past the end of the sea­son so we are cur­rently ex­plor­ing ground share op­tions both in­side and out­side the bor­ough.”

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