Hollywood A-lister to buy historic club?

English Premier League

Hollywood stars Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney are in talks to purchase English lower-league side Wrexham.

Wexham – said to be the third-oldest professional football club in the world – has been fan-owned since 2011 but confirmed on Thursday that negotiations were underway with the two actors over a potential takeover deal.

According to the BBC, an overwhelming majority of 1 223 Wrexham Supporters Trust members had voted in favour of the talks proceeding, which could lead to the Hollywood duo investing about £2 million (R43 million) into the club.

The investment would come as a huge boost for the Wales-based minnows who, despite their proud history, currently find themselves playing in the National League, the fifth tier of the English football pyramid.

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"I've spoken to both of them [Reynolds and McElhenney] several times," trust director Spencer Harris told BBC Wales.

"They are very serious, professional and successful people, not just as actors but in the business world as well, and this is a very serious endeavour for them and they'll set out their vision in due course, but I know they are very passionate about this and have gone into a lot of depth to understand about the football club."

Award-winning actor Reynolds is one of the biggest names in Hollywood, with some of his most recent work including the Deadpool series, Life and The Hitman's Bodyguard, while McElhenney has enjoyed cameos in Game of Thrones and Fargo, among others.

 

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