Rickie Fowler has revealed he’s certainly one of three prime US golfers seeking to put money into Leeds United as a part of its imminent takeover by 49ers Enterprises.
The American funding group have agreed a £170m deal to purchase out chairman Andrea Radrizzani’s controlling stake.
Fowler is being joined by US Ryder Cup team-mates Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas as fellow buyers.
“There’s the group that’s shifting ahead so doubtlessly we’ll be part of it,” Fowler informed Sky Sports activities Information.
The US trio have been transformed to turning into Leeds followers by English golfer Matt Fitzpatrick’s caddie Billy Foster, who’s from Yorkshire.
“It’s cool to have these alternatives,” added Fowler. “It will be enjoyable if we get to be part of it, if not we’ll proceed to root for Leeds.
“Clearly they received relegated however to get to go to a Premier League sport, a Champions League sport, any of that [would be great]. It’s an enormous sport and I really feel like it’s persevering with to get larger within the States.
“Since I haven’t been to a sport, I don’t have the true appreciation till [I get to] be there and really feel that vitality.”
Radrizzani purchased Leeds outright for £45m in 2017, however the Italian’s stake has dropped to 56% since then.
The funding arm of the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers bought a 15% stake in 2018 and elevated that to 44% in 2021.
Managerless Leeds had been relegated from the Premier League on the ultimate day of the season, which pressured them again to the negotiating desk.
The earlier settlement, which relied on the membership’s top-flight survival, was price about £400m – however negotiations restarted after Leeds’ return to the Championship.