One Direction star Louis Tomlinson ‘to mount Doncaster Rovers takeover bid’

One Direction star Louis Tomlinson is teaming up with John Ryan in an attempt to buy Doncaster Rovers, according to national news reports.

The Bessacarr-born pop star and former club chairman are said to have reached an advanced stage with negotiations to take over the club, reports The Sun.

Ryan still owns a quarter of the club after stepping down as chairman last November and is partnering up with Tomlinson to buy out fellow major shareholders Terry Bramall and Dick Watson.

The report suggests Ryan and Tomlinson will act as co-chairman should their takeover bid be successful.

A source told The Sun: “This is his passion project and it will happen.

“He is putting everything into it because of his love for the side.”

Tomlinson was ‘signed’ by Rovers last summer and played for the club’s development squad against Rotherham United earlier this year.

A takeover attempt at Rovers by Belize-based hedgefund Sequentia Capital, backed by Ryan, failed last year.

Doncaster Rovers chose not to comment when the Free Press contacted them this morning.  +
Doncaster Rovers: Image rights issue continues

Complicated negotiations are continuing over the image rights dispute which has held up the John Ryan–Louis Tomlinson takeover of Rovers. 

The management team own the image rights to the Bessacarr-born star which means they are entitled to funds for any use of his name or image. And the management team are looking to see whether they would be entitled to royalties, which has had the knock on effect of causing the hold up in the Rovers takeover process.