Aston Villa-supporting consortium 'lead race to buy club'

Aston Villa's US owner Randy Lerner looks on before the English Premier League football match between Aston Villa and West Ham United at Villa Park, Birmingham, West Midlands, England, on August 14, 2010
© Getty Images
A consortium made up of Aston Villa supporters is in pole position to purchase the club from Randy Lerner, a report claims.

A proposed sale of Aston Villa has reportedly taken a step closer after a group of Villans-supporting businessmen were given access to the club's accounts.

The consortium is said to be carrying out due diligence and is now in pole position to purchase the club from Randy Lerner in a potential £100m deal.

Lerner has come under increasing pressure to sell the Championship-bound outfit following ongoing turmoil both on and off the field, with the latest twist seeing David Bernstein and Sir Mervyn King both resign from the board.

Significant progress has already been made to sell the club that the American businessman has owned for almost a decade, according to Sky Sports News, and as many as eight groups have made their interest known.

It is claimed that negotiations with lawyers continued on Thursday, meaning that a potential deal could be struck before the weekend.

A general view outside the stadium prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Stoke City at Villa Park on February 21, 2015
Read Next:
Bernstein, King resign from Villa board
CLeicester CityLeicester362211364343077
2Tottenham HotspurSpurs361913467283970
4Manchester CityMan City361971068383064
5Manchester UnitedMan Utd35179943311260
6West Ham UnitedWest Ham351514660431759
10Stoke CityStoke36139143852-1448
13Swansea CitySwansea361110153750-1343
14West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom361011153246-1441
16Crystal Palace36109173646-1039
17Newcastle UnitedNewcastle3689193964-2533
19Norwich CityNorwich3587203561-2631
RAston Villa3637262772-4516