Thursday June 27 2013
Leyton Orient: 'No Napoli contact'

Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis could buy Leyton Orient, but the current chairman insists he’s had no contact.

De Laurentiis confirmed he was looking into buying a ‘satellite club’ in England in the same vein as Udinese’s Pozzo family owning Watford and Spanish side Granada.

This week reports suggested the club he chose was League One team Leyton Orient.

“I haven't had contact about any of this. I’ve read it on my Twitter account what's happening with Napoli, but unless someone’s not telling the chairman then I’ve no knowledge of anything at all," Leyton Orient chairman Barry Hearn told Omnisport.

“It’s confusing to read because if there’s any business out there we’d always like to talk to people who have got an interest in seeing the club go forward, but I’ve had no contact at all.

“I don’t know what the proposition is. The Twitter account said they want some sort of relationship but we don’t know if they're buying but if there’s a way of getting players and improving the team then of course I’d sit down and talk to anyone about that. But it sounds like paper talk.

“I don’t necessarily welcome the investment but I welcome anything that is to the benefit of my football club.”

De Laurentiis already confirmed he has asked ex-Napoli and Lazio Coach Edy Reja to take over at his new English project.

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