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Billionaire spurned by Fulham targets Liverpool

last updated Monday 23rd February 2004, 11:14 AM
Fulham Chairman and Owner Mohamed Al Fayed
Fulham Chairman and Owner
Mohamed Al Fayed
Billionaire Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra is eyeing a bid for premier league club Liverpool after Fulham spurned his advances last year, an advisor says.

"I believe the prime minister already had his aides checking Liverpool's financial position in the past four to five months," said Thawatchai Satchakul, manager of the Thai national soccer team who advised Thaksin during his pursuit of Fulham.

"He is now in the process of deciding whether to bid for Liverpool," Thawatchai told Reuters on Monday.

Thaksin, who made his money in telecommunications, told reporters on Sunday he was still serious about buying a premier league club.

"It should be a bigger club (than Fulham)," Thaksin said, but he declined to elaborate.

Thaksin expressed interest in Fulham last November after watching the club play in London.

But Fulham chairman Mohamed Al Fayed, the owner of London department store Harrods who has known Thaksin for years, said he had no intention of selling the club.

"His feeling now is similar to that five or six months ago when Fulham was in the picture. If you visualised him doing shopping in a store, I would say the prime minister's eyes are now fixed on Liverpool," Thawatchai said.

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