Former Birmingham Mail journalist Chris Lepkowski has reported that some of the consortia interested in a takeover at West Brom are led by Brits.

According to Telegraph journalist John Percy, the Baggies have held talks with a US consortium over a potential £150million takeover, with discussions ongoing about a potential full takeover or purchasing a minority stake of 15 per cent.

This follows what Lepkowski reported on the latest episode of the Liquidator Podcast, on which he said that talks have been held with at least two parties.

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After Percy’s update, Birmingham City University lecturer Lepkowski added that there are now at least three consortia interest in West Brom.

And these consortia are not just made up of Americans seeking investment in English ‘soccer’, as it is understood that some are led by Brits who are aware of what it takes to run clubs in England.

“Aware that other two consortia also had US links. English football clearly attracting American investors right now. And those are only the three we know about,” said Lepkowski via his personal Twitter account on Monday night.

He added: “Crucially though – and I think this bit is important – some of these consortia being led by Brits. These aren’t approaches by people blind to the challenges of owning PL/EL football clubs. Money men flanked by people who know, or at least understand, the industry.

“The biggest problem inevitably is matching what appears to be a bloated valuation, which a potential depreciation depending on what happens on the pitch. Don’t expect swift progress. This could drag”

While Lai hasn’t been one of the most controversial owners in English football in recent years, he is arguably one of the most silent.

Not only has Lai not pumped a single penny into the club – other than his bizarre decision to fund a move for Chinese striker Yuning Zhang – but the Chinese businessman has been almost anonymous since the club was relegated in 2018. And even before then, he was hardly someone who fans thought was connected to the Black Country outfit.

When something like this happens, you always hear the old cliché of ‘better the devil you know than the devil you don’t’.

Lai isn’t a terrible owner – he just isn’t a good one.

That means West Brom can go in one of two new directions if Lai sells to one of these US-backed consortia. Forwards, or backwards.

If a US-linked, British-led consortium manages to take control at The Hawthorns, we would be a lot more optimistic than we would if a team of foreign investors with no knowledge of English football does.

In other West Brom news, Alan McInally unleashed his fury in a foul-mouthed Twitter rant about Albion’s defeat to Manchester United.

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