Monday March 31 2014
Becchetti targets Reading bid?

English Championship side Reading could reportedly be the subject of a takeover bid from Italian entrepreneur Francesco Becchetti.

Becchetti and former Juventus and Roma director Gian Paolo Montali have been seen as in talks with Bologna over a proposed takeover of the Emilia-Romagna outfit.

However, on from majority shareholder and President Albano Guaraldi’s apparent reluctance to move beyond initial negotiations, the Gazzetta dello Sport suggest that the duo are now focused elsewhere.

Following Massimo Cellino’s recently blocked attempt to take over at Leeds United, the pink paper report that Becchetti, head of the Becchetti Enegry Group and Montali toured fellow Championship club Reading’s facilities at the end of last week, before taking in Saturday afternoon’s game against Huddersfield at the Medejski Stadium.

The Gazzetta have it that with initial contact now in place, negotiations between Becchetti, Montali and the club’s current owners Thames Sport Investment, led by Anton Zingarevich, will take place in the coming days.

Becchetti and Montali’s tour of England reportedly has also seen the latter meet with representatives from Birmingham City and Leyton Orient.

Former Siena and Catania Coach Marco Giampaolo, who has been linked with the Ascoli bench, was allegedly also with the duo.

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