BOLTON have accused Laurence Bassini of sending “threatening” emails, texts and calls to the club since his failed takeover bid.
The British businessman told talkSPORT this morning that he has been given £25million by West Ham co-owner David Sullivan to help him buy Wanderers.
Bassini has not given up hope of completing his takeover of the cash-strapped outfit, despite seeing a bid to buy them in May collapsing and leading to the club entering administration.
Earlier this year, Bassini was adamant he had reached an agreement to buy Bolton, who were relegated to League One following a disastrous season with financial problems off the pitch.
However it did not materialise and now the League One side have released a statement slamming Bassini.
The statement read: “We note with dismay the interview given by Laurence Bassini to TalkSPORT this morning.
“The simple fact is, for several reasons, Mr Bassini was not the successful bidder under the process we have carried out to sell Bolton Wanderers.
“His bid was not the best for the club. Moreover, he was not able to satisfy either the proof or source of funding to the satisfaction of the process or within the proscribed timeframe. That remains the case.
“Subsequently, Mr Bassini has sent a vast number of erratic and threatening emails and text messages, as well as making threatening calls, to the point where we have instructed lawyers to deal with them.
“We will be making no further comment about Mr Bassini or his claims.”
Bassini insisted on radio today that he had “taken control” of the club and branded owner Ken Anderson a “liar”.
His bid collapsed because he could not provide proof of funds, as Wanderers make clear in their statement, and a consortium featuring former Liverpool star Dirk Kuyt are thought to be close to agreeing a deal in Bassini’s place.
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But now Bassini says he is ready to bid again after the cash injection from Sullivan.
He said: “Dave Sullivan, who I’ve known since I was a child, called me and said, ‘look Laurence, you’re going to need some help because you’re getting slaughtered out there’.
“He then says, ‘I’m going to give you the money so you can go and do this. I’m going to give you £25million so you can sort yourself out’ – which he’s done.”
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