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Takeover: Amir Khan linked to Bolton Wanderers bid

Bolton boxer rumoured to be involved in Dean Holdsworth's takeover bid

Amir Khan is rumoured to be part of the latest Bolton takeover bid
Amir Khan is rumoured to be part of the latest Bolton takeover bid
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The latest strange twist in a generally bizarre tale is that Amir Khan, the world champion and Olympic silver medal winning boxer and Bolton Wanderers fan, is apparently one of the names behind the takeover bid from the Sports Shield Consulting group.

Khan, now 28 and rumoured to be targeting a fight with Manny Pacquiao, is believed to be involved in the takeover consortium with a view to staging upcoming fights at Macron Stadium.

Rumours of the takeover are building every day, presenting hope of a fresh start for Bolton fans who are in dire need of a bit of early Christmas cheer. While Khan's potential involvement may be good news - in that he is a Bolton fan and, along with former player Dean Holdsworth, should hopefully have the club's best interest at heart - it still remains to be seen where the money is coming from and who the financial backers are.

It is becoming increasingly likely that any potential deal to take on the running of the club would see all change in the club's hierarchy with Holdsworth likely to become Chairman. Yesterday we broke the news that Trevor Birch - who has overseen takeover deals at both Chelsea and Leeds Unitedhas been appointed to manage negotiations with potential suitors, which is the strongest confirmation we've had so far that a deal could be done.

For more information on what we know so far about the takeover rumours, check out Liam's world exclusive breaking story and Dan's follow up on potential change at the club.