Lucas Radebe tonight confirmed that he is part of a consortium bidding to buy a shareholding in Leeds United.
The Elland Road legend has responded to claims that he is involved with a group who failed last week with a £7million offer for a controlling interest in the club.
Current Leeds owner GFH Capital rejected the bid out of hand, describing it as “risible”, and played down speculation that former player Radebe was backing the approach.
But in a statement published on his official website, Radebe said: “Following recent speculation, I can confirm that I am part of a consortium which has submitted a preliminary indication of interest regarding the acquisition of a stake in Leeds United Football Club.
“We hope to continue our recent discussions confidentially with the current shareholders and the board. We would like the opportunity to explain both the substance of our proposal and our strategy for working with GFH Capital to continue the re-building process at the club.
“Leeds United has a special place in my heart. Ever since I retired I have been considering ways to get involved at the club – working at board level with an equity interest would be the pinnacle. It is my dream scenario.
“I would not have become involved if I didn’t think our consortium would be able to help give the club a chance to go back up to the Premier League where it belongs, and to keep it there.
“I am hopeful we can find a way forward and make progress.”
United have themselves been in talks with Radebe about an equity deal for some time and he was a guest at Elland Road for their clash with Birmingham City last month.
The 44-year-old is idolised by Leeds’ supporters after a 10-year career at United during which time he made 262 appearances.
His statement significantly raises the prospect of further investment in Leeds, though GFH Capital has received no further offers from the UK-based consortium since their initial bid was turned down on Saturday.