Everton takeover talk intensifies: Sporting Kansas City owners linked with purchase of Premier League club

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Everton are the subject of increased speculation surrounding a potential takeover from American investors.

The owners of MLS club Sporting Kansas City are reported to be eyeing up the possible purchase of the Toffees.

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Rob Heineman, chief executive of the Sporting Club group which owns the American soccer franchise, was pictured at Goodison Park yesterday along with club representative Mike Illig.

Fans' speculation of an impending bid had been fuelled earlier in the week when Heineman retweeted a curious supporter asking if he would be watching Everton play this weekend.

The BBC report that Everton have set an asking price of £225 to their American suitors.

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Everton's AGM takes place next month where many fan shareholders could field questions about the club's future.

Since the Sporting Club group took over at Kansas City, the franchise has finished MLS champions once, league runners-up twice and cup winners twice.

The team enjoys sell-out crowds at its Sporting Park home while Heineman is also chief executive of Sporting Innovations, a technology business focusing on improving fan experience at sporting events.

Neither Sporting Club nor Everton immediately responded to comment when contacted by City A.M.

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