Shahid Khan ‘moving forward’ with plans to purchase Wembley Stadium, reveals son and Fulham chief Tony Khan

28 Aug

Fulham co-owner Tony Khan has told talkSPORT his father, Shahid Khan, is planning to go ahead with his proposal to purchase Wembley Stadium from the Football Association.

News of Khan Snr’s interest of buying the Home of Football first emerged in April, with the Fulham and Jacksonville Jaguars owner proposing a deal to the FA worth around £1billion.

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It is claimed around £600m of that will be paid up front by Khan, with the rest coming from match-day revenue.


Khan Snr told talkSPORT back in May that he remains ‘optimistic’ the deal will be done, despite no official word on how the deal is progressing as yet.

However, Tony Khan has now revealed he fully expects his father to complete his takeover of the national stadium.

Speaking in an EXCLUSIVE interview with Jim White, he told talkSPORT: “His intention is to definitely move forward with it. Typically when my Dad is working on something and puts his mind to it… he’s worked really hard and I think it’ll be great for everybody involved if it comes off.

“My Dad really does loves football and he is somebody who would be a great steward of this historical landmark and world-renowned facility.

“Wembley is very special to my family – [the play-off final] was really the greatest day we’ve ever had, the best day I’ve ever spent with my family and the best day we’ve all ever had.

“We have so much respect for English football and it would be a tremendous thing if it ends up happening.

“I expect it will happen and I hope it will happen. I don’t see any reason why not.

“I think my Dad has a great plan for Wembley.”

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There have been some fears from fans over what it will mean for the home of English football to be in American hands.

There have even been reports that the move could see Khan-owned NFL franchise Jacksonville Jaguars play more regularly at the national stadium.

But Tony Khan has insisted Wembley will be in safe hands if his football-loving father takes control.

“It’s an international game – I love English football and I love living in England and I just don’t see why anyone would be concerned by that,” the Fulham chief added.

“If you look at Fulham, people love the club and I love the club, and it’s in international hands.

“We’re not from here, the coach is not from here, many of the players are not from here…

“I don’t see why anyone would be concerned about it, but if they are I would sure be happy to talk about it and address those concerns.”

Listen to talkSPORT’s interview with Fulham co-owner Tony Khan IN FULL above!