February 24, 2024

Everton, or more specifically Farhad Moshiri, will be desperate to see this 777 Partners takeover pushed through with a bit more speed.

After all, the Iranian’s desperation to depart is well-known, with the 68-year-old having even penned an open letter to shareholders praying for their vote of confidence.

His is a tenure left largely unfulfilled, with grand plans of taking the Toffees back to the apex of English football.

Whilst that dream fell woefully flat, he has at least realised the grand ambition of forging a new stadium, with the Bramley-Moore dock looking more and more hospitable by the day.

It does mark an outstanding achievement amidst the misery of his near-seven years in charge, which could now be brought to an end by Josh Wander and his colleagues.

Such a deal has received a large boost recently too, with rumours suggesting a new face has joined their team.

As reported by Josimar, in an article penned by Philippe Auclair and Paul Brown, that man is David Dein, who is set to be a key figure in securing the Merseyside club. The report describes him as ‘one of the best-connected men in English football’, ‘a precious asset for 777’ and even cites a glowing email written about him: ‘His support of 777 will be instrumental for Premier League approval for our Everton deal.’

Who is David Dein?

Given his age, still working hard at 80 years old, there is little that Dein does not know about the football industry.

After all, across an illustrious career which has seen him amass a reported $90.3m (£72.8m) fortune, he has enjoyed stints as co-owner and vice-chairman of Arsenal, as well as vice-chairman of the Football Association.

As aforementioned, he will know everything and everyone, which could prove instrumental in swaying the Premier League, who continue to deliberate over 777 Partners’ legitimacy as potential owners.

His tenure with the Gunners saw him usher out one of the most successful periods in their history, appointing Arsene Wenger and enjoying the silverware his reign brought, whilst also being a huge spearhead in the formation of what is now known as the Premier League.

Funnily enough, Dein has already done business with Moshiri once before, having sold his 14.58% stake to Alisher Usmanov and the Iranian back in 2007.

Now, it is he who could be purchasing Everton from the businessman, hoping to replicate his success north London on Merseyside.

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